Category Archives: Traffic medicine

Incorporates references to driving offences related to all drugs (licit & illicit) and alcohol, includes Stilnox (Zolpidem).
EXCLUDES road deaths, vehicle accidents, pedestrial deaths UNLESS related to drink or drug driving.

Positive drug drive test may not mean impairment, cops admit

The Queensland Times 7 October 2015

THE NSW Greens have called for roadside drug testing to be abolished after obtaining classified police documents showing a positive reading does not mean a driver is under the influence of illicit drugs.

Drunk teen allegedly busted on quad bike

Townsville Bulletin SAMANTHA HEALY  September 24, 2015

A TEENAGE boy has been charged with drunk driving after he was busted riding a quad bike in Charters Towers.
The 16-year-old local boy allegedly recorded a mid-range blood alcohol reading. He was also charged with unlicensed driving, failing to stop and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.
Police will allege the boy was riding a quad bike when he was observed on Miner Street yesterday.

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Francis Lewis Smith pleads guilty to dangerous operation of vehicle causing death Kathleen Donaghey September 17, 2015

THEY were the best of mates but during a night of drinking they made the fatal decision to go for a spin in a BMW.
Drunk and speeding up a steep hill at Buderim, on the Sunshine Coast, the driver Francis Lewis Smith lost control and veered of the road.
Close friend David Barry Hughes died in the passenger seat when the two-door sedan slammed into a tree.
Christopher Edward Cooper, sitting behind him, suffered spinal and nose fractures.
Fifty-eight-year-old Smith today pleaded guilty to one count each of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and grievous bodily harm.
The Maroochydore District Court heard the FIFO employee did not consume any alcohol while on four weeks’ work but would binge drink on his week off.

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A man believed to be drink-driving home from the pub smashed into a police car at Runaway Bay overnight

Gold Coast Bulletin September 09, 2015

A MAN believed to be drink-driving his scooter home from the pub smashed into a stationary police van at Runaway Bay overnight.
The 50-year-old smashed straight into the back of the police car on the corner of Oxley and Marsupial Drives about 11pm.
The man suffered minor injuries and appeared quite dazed at the scene.

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Easter Monday car chase driver jailed for 18 months

Gold Coast Bulletin MEAGAN WEYMES September 09, 2015

A MAN who led police on a dangerous pursuit around the Gold Coast on Easter Monday showed “scant regard for public safety”, a court has been told.
Luke Robinson, 24, pleaded guilty to five offences, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, in relation to the pursuit, which ended in dramatic fashion in Palm Beach on April 6 this year.

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Robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, Salisbury

Qld Police Media 27 August 2015

Detectives have charged a man following a series of incidents on the south side of Brisbane yesterday.
Police will allege at around 11:40am a motor vehicle was stolen from an address on Ipswich Road in Rocklea.
Police will further allege the vehicle was driven dangerously before colliding with another vehicle at Nathan, which was subsequently stolen.
The second stolen vehicle was then allegedly driven dangerously, colliding with multiple vehicles in Nathan, Sunnybank and Salisbury.
Police arrested the alleged driver of the vehicle following a collision with another vehicle on Evans Road and McCarthy Street in Salisbury.
A 34-year-old Oxley man has been charged with four counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of robbery, enter premises with intent to commit an indictable offence and failure to stop a motor vehicle.
He is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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Drug drivers shock police

Townsville Bulletin Chris McMahon 18 August 2015

ALMOST three times as many people were caught driving under the influence of drugs, rather than alcohol in a three day operation by Townsville Police.   Of the 99 people tested for drugs over the weekend, 16 were positive. And of 732 people given roadside breath tests, only six returned a positive mark.  And by yesterday before noon, another two people had been caught drug driving.

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