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TitleCharacteristics of crash-involved drink and drug drivers and motorcyclists
AuthorsBaldock MRJ, Lindsay VL
Year2021
TypeUnknown
AbstractThis study examined the characteristics of 1,277 hospitalised road users in South Australia in the years 2014 to 2017, with reference whether they tested positive to alcohol or other drugs (the three drugs prescribed in the South Australian Road Traffic Act (1961): THC, methamphetamine, and MDMA). This examination used a database combining hospital data, police-reported crash data, licensing information, and the result of alcohol and drug tests conducted by Forensic Science SA. Findings include: that those combining drugs and alcohol only comprise a small proportion of hospitalised motorists; that drivers are more likely to test positive to alcohol or methamphetamine, while motorcyclists are more likely to test positive to THC; drug and alcohol positive motorists tend to exhibit a range of other risky behaviours, and also tend to sustain more severe injuries in the event of a crash.
Conference Name2021 Australasian Road Safety Conference
Conference AbbreviationARSC21
Conference LocationMelbourne, Australia
Conference Date28-30 September 2021

Reference
Baldock MRJ, Lindsay VL (2021) Characteristics of crash-involved drink and drug drivers and motorcyclists.