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.

Driver more than six times over the limit, Kallangur

QPS News 26 July 2015

Petrie police, called to a local shopping centre car park yesterday afternoon, intercepted a vehicle whose driver allegedly later returned a blood alcohol reading more than six times the legal limit.

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Gold Coast tram track car driver blew three times over alcohol limit, court told

Gold Coast Bulletin STEPHANIE BEDO July 23, 2015

A WOMAN who drunkenly drove on to the Sundale Bridge and got wedged on the tram tracks has been disqualified from driving for 12 months, given probation and ordered to undergo counselling for alcohol and mental health issues.
Karyn Deanne Hankin, 46, was sentenced in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday to drink driving on November 3 last year.

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Drunk ute driver jailed for death of cousin flung from back tray

Brisbane Times AAP 13 July 2015

The drunk driver of a ute that rolled in rural Queensland, killing the man sitting on a recliner in the back tray, will spend just over a year behind bars for the death.

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Drunk driver collides with tree

Gold Coast Bulletin Mackenzie Ravn 10 July 0215

AN UNLICENSED driver was allegedly three times over the legal blood-alcohol limit when he crashed his car at Varsity Lakes last night.

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Toowoomba driver clocked 169km/h while on drugs: police

Brisbane Times Jorge Branco 6 July 2015

A south-east Queensland man’s car has been seized after he was allegedly clocked almost 70km/h over the speed limit while on drugs.

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Ice could have improved drugged driver’s ability, court rules

ABC News Candice Marcus and Sara Garcia June 26, 2015

A drugged motorist who ran a red light and struck a schoolboy has been cleared of dangerous driving by an Adelaide judge, after two expert witnesses suggested methylamphetamine can have a positive effect on driver ability.
In 2012, 39-year-old mother of three Leah Lenarczyk was on ice and other drugs when she ran a red light at Salisbury Heights in Adelaide’s north, hitting a schoolboy.
The 12-year-old suffered multiple injuries, including a collapsed lung and a fractured skull.
Lenarczyk was acquitted of driving dangerously and convicted of the lesser charge of driving without due care.
Judge Barry Beazley said the prosecution had not proven methylamphetamine, also known as ice, had affected her driving.

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University of Iowa studies impact of marijuana on driving

EurekAlert 23-Jun-2015

A new study conducted at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator has found drivers who use alcohol and marijuana together weave more on a virtual roadway than drivers who use either substance independently. However, the cocktail of alcohol and marijuana does not double the effect of the impairment.
“What we saw was an additive effect, not a synergistic effect, when we put them together,” said Tim Brown, associate research scientist at NADS and corresponding author of the study. “You get what you expect if you take alcohol and cannabis and merge them together.”
The study, which appears June 23 in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, also found participants who consumed only alcohol weaved more during a 35- to 45-minute simulated driving test than those who consumed only vaporized cannabis.

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