News

Volunteers get stoned and drive for science

A GROUP of volunteers spent much of 2013 getting 'stoned' on cannabis and jumping into a driving simulator as part of a groundbreaking United States Federal Government study.

USA Today's July 27 report on the study comes days after Lismore Magistrate David Heilpern raised concerns for the second time in several months about the lack of science showing how the drug affects driving.

On July 21, during the sentencing of Jackson Hart, Mr Heilpern said he could not take into account an increased risk to other drivers as the tests identified a detectable, and not a quantifiable level of drugs, such as in drink driving matters.

"The fact is that the tests that are done is not to detect an amount of cannabis in your system that will affect your driving," Mr Heilpern said.

"This is a test about having cannabis in your system."

Have you ever driven under the influence of cannabis?

This poll ended on 12 August 2014.

Current Results

Yes

78%

No

21%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

While on May 20, during the sentencing of David Lloyd Gallagher, Mr Heilpern said research he conducted on previous cases revealed police testing methods could identify marijuana cannabis in a person's system for up to two weeks after consumption.

Mr Gallagher claimed it had been two days since he smoked cannabis when he was pulled over by police.

"There is no evidence that having smoked (marijuana) either days or weeks prior, that your driving is adversely affected," Mr Heilpern said.

"This is not to do with how this drug affects your driving; it is to do with an assessment that you have consumed this drug."

USA Today reported that the comprehensive study involved 19 volunteers consuming specific combinations of cannabis, alcohol or a placebo before using the university's National Advanced Driving Simulator.

The federally funded device closely mimics real driving - including everything from parking lots to dark gravel roads and unexpected situations, such as crashes, near misses or road hazards.

Volunteers used a vaporiser, due to the university's smoke-free campus, to consume federally-grown cannabis and provided saliva and blood tests during their drives to check drug levels.

Additional reporting by Rodney Stevens

Topics:  cannabis drug driving



Higher levee would only make floods worse: Letter

The Button Collective playing along the Bruxner Highway to a family trapped in their house.

John Hayter says Cyclone Debbie wasn't the only one to blame

Gollan Hotel opens again after flood

The Gollan Hotel one month after the flood in Lismore.

The flood couldn't stop the pub

PHOTOS: Beef Week's breakfast with the butchers gets cooking

Max,3, and Sophia,4, Gooding from Casino at Breakfast with the Butchers at Casino Beef Week.

This morning the BBQ's were running hot in the Casino CBD

Local Partners

Paralympian's inspiring Beef Week talk

RESILIENCE and determination were key topics of discussion over morning tea at the Casino Beef Week Ladies High Tea yesterday.


Mandy and Ellen will be just women like us in Nimbin

DUO: Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their hit show Women Like Us to Nimbin.

Hit comedy show heading towards Nimbin

Chicago comes to Bangalow

CELL BLOCK TANGO: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in a scene from the 2002 film Chicago.

The next production by Bangalow Theatre Company

A ballet event of lovers and fairies in Byron Bay

ON STAGE: Byron Ballet's 10th anniversary production will be Shakespeare's A Midnight Summer's Dream.

Byron Ballet celebrates 10 years

Mandy and Ellen will be just women like us in Nimbin

HIT comedy show heading towards Nimbin.

Chicago comes to Bangalow

CELL BLOCK TANGO: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in a scene from the 2002 film Chicago.

The next production by Bangalow Theatre Company

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

A ballet event of lovers and fairies in Byron Bay

ON STAGE: Byron Ballet's 10th anniversary production will be Shakespeare's A Midnight Summer's Dream.

Byron Ballet celebrates 10 years

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Wild and unknown from Sara Tindley

SONGS FROM THE HEART: Singer Songwriter Sara Tindley.

Local singer songwriter unveils new album

Here's your chance to carp about feral pests

Carp might by great fun to catch but they're destroying Australia's watercourses.

Science in the Pub looks at carp and coral trees

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!