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Clockwork present at PACTS ‘Driving While Impaired’ conference

Tuesday 16th October, London

Dr Paul Jackson was invited to present at the Parliamentary Advisory Committee on Transport Safety (PACTS) Conference ‘Driving While Impaired’, which took place today at the Royal College of Medicine in London.

In publicising the conference, PACTS said: “Despite the progress in reducing drink-driving, around 14% of road deaths involve a driver over the legal limit. The scale of driving while under the influence of illegal drugs is also likely to be greater than currently known. This conference will bring together a range of speakers to identify the ways forward to reduce these deaths further.”

Dr Jackson’s presentation was entitled “Using HM Coroners toxicology data to improve our understanding of drug driving in the UK”. The presentation provided a summary of research conducted by Clockwork since 2009, on behalf of the Department for Transport. This research has included reviews of the epidemiological and scientific evidence relating to drug driving, together with survey research conducted with HM Coroners in England and Wales. In addition, ongoing research being conducted together with the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), is collecting and analysing toxicological data provided by HM Coroners and Procurators Fiscal.

Discussing the research results to date, Dr Jackson said: “This latest project is the culmination of 4 years of work to identify the prevalence of drug driving in the UK and to identify and collect more robust data to inform our understanding of the extent and nature of the problem. The data currently being collected offers considerable potential to help us achieve this aim.”

Dr Jackson’s presentation, and the others presented at the conference can be downloaded from the PACTS website