The following press release is yet another uninformed presumption of guilt before due process. It characterises much of what Candor says in its legacy of press releases. Lets not let facts get in the way of some merchandisable prejudices to willing and receptive ears.
In the absence of any evidence of driver impairment due to substance misuse, Candor's long straw linking cannabis to recent tragic rail crossing circumstances perpetuates, indeed invites youth rejection of the value system. Candor is now part of the problem.
If they want to educate folk, Candor should start from a factual position, anything else endangers the prophylactic message. (see impediments to health promotion elsewhere) . Setting aside the research that shows cannabis consumers are no more likely to be culpable drivers in accidents (Australian qualitative Research on who causes accidents and who may have consumed cannabis or alcohol or any other drug) and that on balance (in fact less so than non-cannabis users), moderate consumers of the herb are typically law abiding thus safe drivers. Where there are exceptions, and there will be, it is atypical that blanket and punitive rules are less effective in getting results than enabled driver education. Candor thus does Road Safety a disservice with its entirely speculative mongery and tiresome agenda as to what might have happened in this tragedy. On Candor's merits, we could just do away with Coroners all together. /Blair
Scoop: Train Crash Raises Cannabis Query:
Friday, 15 June 2007, 1:40 pm
Press Release: Candor Trust
CANDOR TRUST MEDIA RELEASE
Train Crash Raises Cannabis Query
Inspector Rob Jones says Police haven't yet ascertained the cause of the crash at a Bay of Plenty rail crossing which killed driver Keeley Jamieson, aged 20 and her brother Ryan Jamieson, aged 22.
Witnesses say warning bells rang while the train driver blasted his horn frantically before he slammed into the victim's car, as it crept slowly over the crossing.
Candor Trust Educator Urs Tiaho says that given the scenario of this day-time disaster two main possibilities must spring to mind.
It is more typical for coronial inquests to youthful road deaths in NZ to find use of cannabis was a factor than drunkenness in deceased NZ drivers of 20 or under.
Cannabis use is 3 times more common in deceased young drivers per early findings from the ongoing ESR drug driving study.