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Drug usage by persons suspected of driving under the influence of a drug.
C 7553 (In: C 7541 a) /83 / IRRD 868593
Perl, J. Mascord, D.J. Moynham, A.F. & Starmer, G.A.
In: Alcohol, drugs and traffic safety : proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety T'95, held under the auspices of the International Committee on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety ICADTS, Adelaide, 13-18 August 1995, Volume 1, p. 81-86

Samenvatting Random breath testing in New South Wales has had a successful impact on alcohol-related road trauma. While the precise extent of drug-impaired driving on traffic safety has not been established there is a perceived problem based on the extent of drug usage in drivers and on the demonstrable impairment of skills performance by drugs with the central nervous system activity. This perception of drug involvement in traffic safety prompted the New South Wales Government to amend legislation to enable the taking of blood and urine samples from drivers suspected of being drug impaired. This paper presents the procedures adopted in the taking of blood samples, the incidence of various drugs in apprehended and accident-involved drugs in apprehended and accident-involved drivers, a description of the population of suspected drug-impaired drivers and the reason for coming to police notice. Results are presented for the period since the implementation of the legislation in 1987 and up to 1993. The impact of various procedural changes during that period is discussed. (A)
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