After accident

Sam3333
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After accident

Postby Sam3333 » Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:02 pm

If you are in an accident that you are injured in and not at fault how long is your blood sample kept for?
Is it also always tested?
Will it come up in court if the other driver has already been fined for dangerous driving?

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Re: After accident

Postby Hardy » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:56 pm

Every driver taken to hospital as a result of a motor vehicle accident has their blood taken and it is tested for alcohol and drugs, and the results are used by the police.

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Re: After accident

Postby bluesky » Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:31 am

Small nitpick; it is not always tested. I've worked in a number of emergency departments, and we usually only take samples if requested by the police or if we have any suspicions. Also, and this is rare, if a person is extremely severely injured, we sometimes just don't have time to take the sample. (It's more time consuming than a normal sample, as it has a dedicated kit with an alcohol-free disinfectant swab, and requires labelling in triplicate)

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Re: After accident

Postby Sam3333 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:36 am

Blood sample was taken but there was no suspicion or anything. This was 16+ months ago.
Wondering if it's always tested in a lab

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Re: After accident

Postby Hardy » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:44 pm

Although the law makes it mandatory to take the sample, there is no offence committed if the doctors or nurse fail to take it. There is no obligation on the police to test the sample.
The sample has to be tested within 12 months for Road Safety Act offences.

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Re: After accident

Postby allde » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:01 pm

Sam3333 wrote:If you are in an accident that you are injured in and not at fault how long is your blood sample kept for?
Is it also always tested?
Will it come up in court if the other driver has already been fined for dangerous driving?



It won't come up in court, if it's not related to the current case pending, correct me if I'm wrong Mr Hardy.

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Re: After accident

Postby Day » Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:17 am

What are you expecting to show up on the sample? It may have returned a negative result. Did you get your sample tested?

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Re: After accident

Postby Hardy » Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:25 am

It has absolutely nothing to do with the other driver.
If you have not been asked to go to the police station for an interview then nothing is happening.
The other possibility is that the police do not have your current address and can not contact you to tell you that you are facing charges.


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