SA Police reveal long weekend reports

SA Police were busy on the state’s roads over the long weekend, with thousands of drivers required to undergo an alco-test, or spoken to about their manner of driving.

One road death occurred during Operation Safe Long Weekend – on Sunday at Balaklava - although one line of inquiry by investigators is whether the 61-year-old motorist died as a result of a medical episode.

Two people were also seriously injured in a crash in the Far North Local Service Area.

The state-wide road safety operation was held between 3pm on Friday, June 8 until midnight last night.

During that period 7064 drivers were required to undergo an alco-test (35 of which were positive), while 662 drivers were drug tested (with 74 positive detections).

In addition 552 motorists were detected speeding, 33 were detected using their mobile phone while driving and 49 seatbelt offences were detected.

“Overall we are pleased that thousands of people who headed away for a long weekend did so in a considerate and lawful fashion,” Superintendent Robert Gray, the officer in charge of the Traffic Support Branch said.

“Our data showed that fatigue is often a major issue over the June long weekend, but it would appear many motorists heeded our appeal for care.

“Those who acted in an irresponsible manner will face the penalty either in their hip pocket or court.”