Almost 1,000 alcotests conducted during Anzac Day traffic operation, South Australia

Despite public warnings that Operation Stop Drink/Drug Driving Anzac Day would be running, police still caught multiple drink and drug drivers.

During the state-wide traffic operation, police used mobile random breath testing to conduct a total of 978 alcotests with 18 positives recorded.

The highest alcohol reading was recorded by a 35-year-old female from Kadina, who had a blood alcohol reading of 0.312.

A 32-year-old man from Para Vista returned a reading of 0.204, while a 22-year-old man from Fairview Park returned a reading of 0.171.

A total of 101 drug tests were also conducted with 16 positives recorded for either methamphetamine and/or THC.

These results included a 19-year-old woman from Cummins who tested positive for both methamphetamine and THC, and a 54-year-old man from Whyalla Stuart who tested positive for methamphetamine.

Additionally, 10 vehicles were impounded and 13 immediate loss of licence notices were issued.

The last time a similar operation ran was earlier this month for Operation Safe Long Weekend Easter. During the operation police conducted a total of 1,510 alcotests and 222 drug tests.

Of those tests, 62 motorists were detected with alcohol in their system, while 40 reported positive drug detections.

Superintendent Bob Gray, Officer in Charge of the Traffic Services Branch, says that these results serve as a warning to all motorists that now is not the time to become complacent.

“We have significantly less traffic on our roads and yet we are still seeing multiple people doing the wrong thing,” he said.

“Police are still out there on a 24/7 basis targeting dangerous drivers. The world looks very different right now, but road safety is still the same.

“We all still need to take responsibility for our own actions and remember that choosing to drink or drug drive is a selfish and potentially life threatening decision. It will never be a choice that we will accept or tolerate.”

Operation Stop Drink/Drug Driving Anzac Day ran from 0001 on Saturday 25 April until midnight.

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