Police have found multiple drivers with alcohol and drugs in their system while driving in school areas during peak drop-off and pick-up times.

The targeted operation was conducted on Monday 18 May, with over 850 alcohol tests and over 100 drug tests conducted.

Eleven positive drug tests were returned by motorists, including seven who returned positive results for meth.

A 40-year-old Ottoway man who tested positive for meth also had children in his car.

Meanwhile, multiple drivers returned positive blood alcohol readings, with one woman from Port Pirie South returning a reading of 0.130 with children in her car.

SAPOL Assistant Commissioner Ian Parrott has condemned the drivers’ actions, pointing to the horror week on the roads as a reminder for motorists to drive responsibly.

“Last week in particular has been a horror week with six lives lost in a variety of circumstances. All of this at a time when the number of cars on our roads are lower than they have been in a number of years, but still we are seeing people taking unnecessary risks,” Assistant Commissioner Parrott said.

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47 lives have been lost on SA roads this year, compared to 46 at the same time last year.