‘Little Hard Evidence’ That Cannabis Was Implicated In Six Of Nine Fatal Road Crashes

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Outspoken road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson has queried suggestions by Coroner David Robinson that cannabis was implicated in six of nine fatal road crashes. In fact, there is little concrete evidence that cannabis was a significant factor …

Outspoken road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson has queried suggestions by Coroner David Robinson that cannabis was implicated in six of nine fatal road crashes.

“In fact, there is little concrete evidence that cannabis was a significant factor in any these fatalities.”

Matthew-Wilson, who has campaigned for safer cars and roads over 25 years, says:

“The example Coroner Robinson gave was of Thomas Jacob Goodman, 29, who crashed while driving home from a work gathering on the night of November 29 last year. Goodman was found to be almost five times the legal drink-drive limit. He also tested positive for cannabis and its constituent element tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).”

“Goodman was drunk out of his brain. He would probably have crashed anyway. Also, you have to be very careful implying Goodman was stoned on cannabis as well. In fact, cannabis testing is notoriously vague. All the tests on Goodman’s body show is that he’d consumed cannabis at some stage recently. It may not have actually affected his driving on the fatal night at all.”

“In all the examples…

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