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.

Drugged driving: Canada’s laws lag behind – CMAJ

CMAJ Dane Wanniarachige April 14, 2015

In addition to setting a legal limit for cannabis, experts say that random roadside testing is the best deterrent for drug-impaired driving. Canada has neither. Meanwhile, seven US states, Australia and 16 European countries have set legal limits. And nine of the European nations plus Australia allow random roadside saliva tests.
Canadian law enforcers are waiting for an accurate roadside test to measure levels of cannabis use (CMAJ Mar. 16, 2015), but they may have a long wait because detecting impairment from cannabis is not as straightforward as detecting alcohol because of the complex nature of the drug and lack of conclusive research about the dose–effect of cannabis.

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Weekend traffic operation Palm Beach

QPS News 13 April 2015

Police are concerned by the number of motorists who continue to ignore the warnings and drink and drive following a weekend traffic operation at Palm Beach.

Acting Inspector Chris Ahearn said during the operation a driver was detected four times the legal limit allegedly registering a breath test of .218%.

“There were also 21 drivers detected drink driving and five people detected driving under the influence of a drug which is an unacceptable and disturbing result.

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Townsville judge slams ‘drunken maniac’ almost five times over limit

Townsville Bulletin SAMANTHA HEALY  April 10, 2015

A MAN who was on bail for speeding and drink-driving has been labelled a “drunken ­maniac” after he was busted behind the wheel with an alcohol reading almost five times the legal limit.
Glen Robert Michael Doolan, 28, was estimated to have been driving at up to 117km/h on a suburban street, narrowly avoiding cyclists and pedestrians, before smashing into a pole in Kirwan on June 11 last year. He blew a reading of 0.173 per cent.
But just five months later, Doolan was caught drink-driving again, this time recording a reading of 0.239 per cent, almost five times the legal limit.

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Nerang man to face court on drink driving charges was nabbed twice in as many days, say police

Gold Coast Bulletin JESSICA ELDER April 08, 2015

A NERANG man has allegedly been nabbed high range drinking driving twice in 24 hours during the long Easter Week.
Just after 9pm on Easter Sunday the vehicle the man was driving caught police attention when it was seen travelling at an extremely slow speed along Spencer Road, Nerang. When the officers moved to intercept the vehicle it was then seen to stop at a green traffic light.

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Drink driving cop fined $1000 in Gold Coast court

Gold Coast Bulletin MEAGAN WYMES April 02, 2015

A GOLD Coast police officer has been fined $1000 for drink driving more than three times over the legal limit and being drunk in public twice.
Constable Scott Nickolls pleaded guilty in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning to drink driving, two counts of being drunk in public and failing to appear in court.
The 49-year-old was pulled over in a random breath test in Broadbeach Waters at 10.20am on January 13 and observed to have red wine stains on his lips and teeth.
The off-duty police officer blew a blood alcohol concentration of 0.174.

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Day 4 – Easter Road Safety Campaign statistics

QPS News 6 April 2015

Phase 1 Easter Road Safety Campaign – Update 4 of 5. The statistics contained in this release are sourced from live databases maintained by QPS, are preliminary and subject to change on a daily basis.

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Drivers playing ice roulette as lives in danger on roads

Herald Sun Angus Thompson 3 April 2015

In Victoria, MDMA and methamphetamines were linked to a record 18 fatal crashes in 2013, and are estimated to cause an average of five crashes a week.  Nearly 500 injured drivers taken to hospital in 2013 tested positive for illicit drugs. Of these, 245 had taken methamphetamines — more than double the figure of 112 in 2010.

Each year blood samples from 1000 drivers who have been admitted to hospital are being tested. Police also aim to drug test 100,000 drivers this year as each highway patrol vehicle is equipped with drug-testing units.

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