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Police: Operation Stop Drink Drug Drive "Disappointing"

Final results from the SA Police Random Breath Testing operation at the weekend show 50 drivers returned positive readings for alcohol or illicit drugs.

Superintendent Robert Gray described the results – which are still to be finalised - as ‘disappointing’.

“Reports from the four police Districts and seven regional Local Service Areas show the high-visibility police operation – conducted at various locations between 7pm on Saturday night and 3.30am on Sunday morning – saw police pull over thousands of drivers,” he said.

“Despite warning the community that we would be conducting this operation, final data shows 28 of the 3671 drivers alco-tested, and 22 of the 170 tested for illicit drugs, returned positive readings.

“In addition on person was arrested for refusing to take a drug test.

“I am very disappointed that so many drivers would gamble with their own lives and those of other road users in this way.

“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs impacts a driver’s physical and mental functioning – increasing the chances they will be involved in a serious or fatal crash.

“Police will continue to target drivers who chose to drive after consuming illicit drugs or drinking alcohol as we play our part in making the roads safer for everyone.”

The highest reading was recorded by a 36-year-old man from Seacombe Gardens, in Adelaide’s south, who returned a result of 0.233 – more than four times the legal limit.

FINAL RESULTS:

Total drivers tested for alcohol: 3671

Positive readings: 28

Total drivers tested for illicit drugs: 170

Positive readings: 22

Vehicles impounded: 21

Drivers issued with instant disqualification: 22

- SAPOL

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