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.

Older drivers — not teens — a bigger risk of drug driving: new report

News.com.au Joshua Dowling April 28, 2016

THE war on drugs has hit the road, but if the latest study is a guide drivers aren’t getting the message.
A survey commissioned by the Australian Road Safety Foundation found 20 per cent of drivers aged 25 to 34 admitted to driving under the influence of drugs — and weren’t caught despite being tested.
The study showed drivers in that age group were also twice as likely to drug and drive than those in their teens and early twenties.
Disturbingly, the same age group also viewed illicit substances as being less dangerous than driving drunk.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/crime/older-drivers–not-teens–a-bigger-risk-of-drug-driving-new-report/news-story/c7f56fc104d7efd78c4ba431e753a86e

 

Logan police target drug driving, Logan City

Qld Police Media 21 April 2016

The Logan District Tactical Crime Squad with the assistance of the Road Policing Command recently conducted ‘Operation Boost’ targeting drug driving.
The operation was conducted from April 11 – 15 around the Logan District.
The operation resulted in over 410 drivers being intercepted. All were breath tested – three of which were arrested for drink driving.
92 drivers submitted to a roadside drug-test with 33 drivers subsequently testing positive to Cannabis or amphetamines.
As part of the operation, a further 27 people were arrested on a total of 40 charges relating to drug offences. Police also issued 22 traffic infringement notices and conducted 76 street checks.

Read more: http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2016/04/21/logan-police-target-drug-driving-logan-city/

Woman arrested after Logan car chase

Brisbane Times April 21 2016

A woman has been arrested after leading police on a chase through the Logan area this afternoon.
Police were called just after 2pm to reports of a car driving dangerously on the Gateway Motorway through Kuraby.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/woman-arrested-after-logan-car-chase-20160421-goc8a3.html

Qld Police Media report: http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2016/04/22/update-charges-following-pursuit-kuraby/

Booze and driving don’t mix but a zero blood alcohol limit isn’t the answer

The Conversation Chris Irwin 8 April 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians wants to see blood alcohol limits for Australian drivers drop from .05% to .02% and then zero.  But a zero-tolerance approach is unlikely to curb the behaviour of individuals who choose to drink then drive.

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Gold Coast woman who drove 10 times over limit has appealed her jail sentence

Gold Coast Bulletin Alexandria Utting 8 April 2016

Angela Bisson has escaped her short jail sentence following an appeal which was lodged in the Queensland District Court.  Shortly after the Gold Coast hairdresser was sentenced to two months jail, her lawyer Paul Hamilton lodged an appeal, which was heard in front of magistrate Chris Callaghan.  Bisson was granted bail and will not spend a night in prison after Mr Hamilton argued she would have served her short jail sentence in total before an appeal was heard.

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Elderly woman had licence reinstated days before fatal Mudgeeraba crash

Gold Coast Bulletin Meagan Weymes 9 April 2016

AN elderly woman shopped around for doctors in a bid to get her driver’s licence back in the lead-up to the fatal crash that claimed her life, a pre-inquest hearing has been told.

The inquest into the death of Ruth Capps will investigate the potentially deadly loophole in the state’s licence cancellation system.  The two-day inquest is set to begin on June 16.

Read more:  http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/elderly-woman-had-licence-reinstated-days-before-fatal-mudgeeraba-crash/news-story/6dfce91769d3b844c2518bbe8ceb0879

Gold Coast woman who drove 10 times over limit jailed for two months

Gold Coast Bulletin 8 April 2016

A GOLD Coast hairdresser who drunk drove 10 times over the legal limit has been jailed for two months.
Angela Bisson was found slumped over the wheel outside Runaway Bay Caffine Break at 12.20pm in October last year.

Read more: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/gold-coast-woman-who-drove-10-times-over-limit-jailed-for-two-months/news-story/062bf3a364f9b0bf5386e89c7a151f48