SA Police crackdown to include country RBTs

A major operation targeting drink and drug drivers will take place this weekend, police have warned.

Superintendent Robert Gray, the officer in charge of the SA Police Traffic Support Branch, said while motorists shouldn’t need to be told not to drive under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs, police were being deliberately open about the RBT plan.

“Any police officer, at any time can pull a driver over and request they undergo a random breath test – so the community should already be well aware that they should not drink and drive,” he said.

“However, we know that people still make irresponsible choices when they get behind the wheel, putting themselves and other road users at risk.

“I’m warning the community that at some stage this weekend – both in the metropolitan and country areas – we will be running a major operation conducting random breath tests.

“I will not be specific about where and when, I am simply urging drivers to do the right thing.”

Superintendent Robert Gray noted that in May police conducted a three-hour operation during which seven drivers returned positive readings for alcohol and eight tested positive for illicit drugs.

“This weekend’s highly visible operation will see random breath testing occurring in every police District and Local Service Area across the state,” he said.

“Today I not only urge motorists to consider their own behaviour, but put them on notice that this type of operation will continue to occur as police do what we can to focus on the five behaviours that we know cause deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

“Research shows that drink driving enforcement efforts have contributed to a reduction of all crash types, so we will continue to undertake these operations in a bid to save lives.

“The community need to STOP and THINK before they choose to drink and drive – the minimum penalty is losing their licence for six months but the maximum could be far worse, potentially paying with their life or someone else’s.”