Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Monday, October 16, 2006

"imagine there'll be a reduction definitely" - Road Safety Council

as reported:

"imagine there'll be a reduction definitely" - Road Safety Council
Laws to crack down on drugged drivers.
© 2006 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

[direct link http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200610/s1765305.htm ]

Monday, October 16, 2006.

The Road Safety Council says introducing drug testing for drivers will be an important tool in trying to reduce Western Australia's road toll.

The State Government will introduce legislation into Parliament this week which will allow police to conduct random roadside breath tests for cannabis, speed and ecstasy.

The Government says penalties for drivers caught repeatedly under the influence of drugs will be up to $5,000 or 18 months in prison.

John Gibson from the Road Safety Council says the penalties are sufficient.

"In terms of the pay the fines and suffer the consequences, there's ... exactly the same sort of consequences happen for those who are impaired by drugs as those would be who continue to repeat drink and drive," he said.

He says introducing drug testing is an important part of preventing deaths on WA's roads.

"We anticipate significant sort of reductions if people are not driving while under the influence of drugs, you would imagine there'll be a reduction definitely in terms of the number of crashes and hopefully in terms of the number of fatalities," he said.

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And where is the research that substantiates this invasive (and expensive) practice. ???

There isnt any science... its just pure rhetorical subjective bull dust, predicated on manufactured prejudices and the pandering to fears.

See Cannabis and Driving
Science/France: Largest study ever conducted on cannabis and driving found only low increased accident risk for cannabis. Drivers under the influence of cannabis are far less likely to be culpable in traffic accidents than [barely] drunk drivers. [epidemiological study with approximately 8,000 accidents, published in the British Medical Journal.]

/Blair Anderson

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