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TitleDrug driving: Analysis of current trends in South Australia
AuthorsWundersitz LN, Konstad A
Year2017
TypeConference Paper
AbstractThrough a collaborative approach, five data sources are examined to provide an overview of current trends in drug use and drug driving over the last five years in South Australia for the three proscribed drugs: cannabis (THC), methamphetamines (MA), and ecstasy (MDMA). Patterns of drug use within the wider South Australian community are investigated using three data sources. Positive drug detection rates for roadside drug testing and the number of drug positive drivers within casualty crashes are also examined. The analysis suggests that the increasing incidence of drug driving, particularly for MA, evident in roadside drug testing and crash statistics, appears to reflect general drug use trends observed in the wider community. Overall, drug drivers are likely to be male and aged 30-39 years. Younger drivers are more likely to test positive to THC while older drivers are more likely to test positive to MA.
Conference NameAustralasian Road Safety Conference
Conference AbbreviationARSC
Conference LocationPerth, Western Australia
Conference Date10-12 October 2017
NotesFull paper available on ACRS website
http://papers.acrs.org.au/index.cfm?action=main.paper&id=1063

Reference
Wundersitz LN, Konstad A (2017) 'Drug driving: Analysis of current trends in South Australia', Australasian Road Safety Conference, Perth, Western Australia, 10-12 October 2017.