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Do minor tranquilisers (benzodiazepines) increase risk of collision in which the driver is injured?

Ogden, E, Morris, C, Frederiksen, Tania, Boorman, Martin C, Stough, C

Drink/Drug Driving


Drivers taken to hospital in Victoria after a collision must provide blood for analysis for the proscribed drugs (cannabis, MDMA, methamphetamine). This study examines a range of other substances including benzodiazepines, opiates, and other psychotropic medication then matches toxicology results to an analysis of the police collision reports and assigns the driver a degree of responsibility. If a substance causes impairment, then more drivers are likely to be responsible  for the collision than those who are drug and alcohol free. Over 1000 samples have been analysed to date. Of the alcohol-positive drivers, 95% caused their collision. Analysis of collisions involving drivers with BAC