The first stage of this project (2016-2017), examined QLD State Coroner data and reports and investigated the types and levels of drugs involved in fatal crashes, the level and involvement of alcohol in combination with these drugs, along with characteristics of the crash and of persons involved. This data was de-identified and linked to QPS data on criminal, traffic and crash histories for each identified persons in the sample.
The second and third studies will commence in November 2017 and end in September 2019.
The second study will undertake a review and additional drug analysis (where required) of approximately 1,500-3,000 blood samples already collected from 2013-2015 by QPS and held at QHFSS. Again, this data will be linked to QPS data on criminal, traffic and crash histories for each identified persons in the sample.
The third study and the most significant component of the research is a specific program to collect and undertake a full laboratory analysis of 3,000 roadside saliva samples of Queensland drivers randomly selected across a range of sample group types and across a mix of urban and rural geographical regions. Again, it is proposed to link results to the QPS criminal, traffic and crash histories of persons who supplied the sample.
Funding / Grants
- MAIC (2016 - 2019)