This Expert Evidence chapter considers the tasks involved in driving skills and abnormal driving behaviours such as road-rage, directed assaults and suicides by motor vehicle, risk taking behaviour and the impact of fatigue on sleep related crashes. The impact of alcohol on the performance of driving skills, the pharmacology of alcohol and the various defences that are raised following an incident are also discussed. In addition analyses of the effects of particular drugs on driving skills are presented as well as a substantial section on assessing fitness to drive. Traffic medicine may be described as the application of medical principles to the
prevention, assessment and treatment of vehicle collisions and traffic-related injuries.
Last updated: 2010
Author: Morris Odell BE, MBBS, FRACGP, DMJ, FFFLM
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