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.

Traffic cops swoop on drivers breaking the law, nabbing six drink drivers and 11 on drugs

Gold Coast Bulletin Jessica Elder 26 November 2015

GOLD Coast traffic police swooped on Surfers Paradise in the midst of schoolies celebrations nabbing six drink drivers and 11 at the wheel under the influence of drugs.   The traffic operation ran from 7pm on Tuesday night including four random breath test sites and officers from across the state.

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Drug driving: Are your meds affecting you?

(Queensland University of Technology 16 November 2015) Warning labels on medications about the dangers of driving are not enough to stop people getting behind the wheel with most driving while affected by drugs, according to (QUT) Queensland University of Technology road safety researcher Dr Tanya Smyth.

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Legal nightmare for man as drug driving test returns positive for drug he’s never used

Sydney Morning Herald Amy Corderoy 14 November 2015

When Steve Hunt was pulled over for a routine roadside drug test on his way home from work, he thought everything would be fine.  He was wrong.

That one test triggered a nightmare scenario in which he was repeatedly misdiagnosed as having methamphetamine – a drug he has never touched – in his system by police and NSW Health tests.  The case triggered NSW Health to begin double-testing samples.

Fairfax Media has also spoken to a woman, who did not want to be named, who had marijuana detected despite never having used the drug. She also had a positive, then negative, then positive result, but was never told she could get it retested.

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Dangerous driving and drug driving charges, Southport

QPS News 16 November 2015

A man has been charged with dangerous driving, driving while affected by drugs and possession of drugs after an incident in Southport this afternoon.  A 20-year-old Molendinar man has been charged with two counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, and one count each of failing to stop a motor vehicle, possession dangerous drugs, unlawful use of motor vehicle, and driving without a driver’s licence.

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Delivery driver done 5x over limit

Gold Coast Bulletin Jessica Elder 11 November 2015

A GOLD Coast delivery driver has allegedly been caught with a blood alcohol reading of 0.267 before admitting to police he was on his way to work.  The man is scheduled to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on November 24.

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A methoxydiphenidine-impaired driver

International Journal of Legal Medicine 19 October 2015; DOI:  10.1007/s00414-015-1280-5

Methoxydiphenidine (MXP) was first reported in 1989 as a dissociative anesthetic but did not enter the market for pharmaceuticals. The substance re-appeared in 2013 as a new psychoactive substance. A case of driving under the influence of MXP is reported. The concentration of MXP has been determined from a serum sample (57 ng/mL) by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry following liquid-liquid extraction. In addition, amphetamine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine, and its major metabolite were present in concentrations of 111, 28, and 3 ng/mL, respectively. The subject presented with amnesia, out-of-body experiences, bizarre behavior, and decreased motor abilities. At present, information on human toxicity of MXP is not available. MXP is comparable in structure as well as in action at the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor to phencyclidine or ketamine. Therefore, it is likely that MXP exerts similar severe psychotropic action in man. However, there is no information on the duration and intensity of MXP’s impairing effects, the interpretation of a particular concentration in the blood or serum, and its detectability in routine drug screenings. Confirmation analysis may be confined to cases where the police has specific intelligence that points to MXP use.

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US trial jails DUI offenders who can’t pass twice-daily breathalyser test

ABC News Layla Tucak 8 November 2015

A radical program from the United States which requires drink-driving offenders to stay sober is producing some impressive results, with Australian researchers suggesting authorities should consider adopting the approach here.

The program requires participants to submit to regular alcohol testing which, if they fail, means a short jail term.  Australia’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre director Professor Michael Farrell said it was a very interesting and exciting program that may be worth pursuing locally.

A similar program had been adopted in Hawaii targeting methamphetamine users, which had also reported success.

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