More Drug Driving bullshit (work it out Sunday Star Times)
Drugs deadly on our roads: study
DRUGS ARE as big a menace on our roads as alcohol, a new study has found. The blood of more than 1000 drivers killed on our roads in the past five years was tested for the police by Dr Helen Poulsen from Environment Science and Research (ESR). The 1046 drivers tested represented 89% of those killed on the roads between 2004-2009 – and almost half of them returned positive results for alcohol and drugs. The results of the "Alcohol and other drug use in New Zealand drivers 2004-2009" project could undermine the country's focus on drink-driving because cannabis was also a major contributor to road deaths. Of the 500 drivers who had used alcohol, cannabis or a combination of both, Poulsen's report found 135 drivers used alcohol alone, 96 used only cannabis, 142 used both, and 127 used a combination of drugs.
Need to look tough in the face of a gutless backdown on booze levels in blood so that the National Party could avoid being considered 'Nanny State'? Get the ESR to drag out some bullshit stats on marijuana use. What this article doesn't pick up, and what the Journalist seems to ignore altogether is that because Marijuana is illegal there is no level in the blood that would be a pass, so because marijuana can stay in the blood for a week and in the fat for several months, just because someone is found 'positive' for Marijuana doesn't mean they were under the 'influence' at the time of the crash, it just means that in a week before they crashed they had smoked a joint.
To misconstrue those stats and what they actually say to grant Police MORE roadside powers (which are already corrupt as they are totally at the discretion of the Police Officer) while the Government has slipped away criticism free from allowing people to legally drink drive is an exercise in how to use the media to shut down debate.
It's a pity the Journalist didn't ask more questions and just wrote the ESR press release up as news to smokescreen the drink driving decision.