Multiple drivers test positive for meth during school traffic operation, South Australia

Police have found multiple drivers with alcohol and drugs in their system during Operation Stop Drink Drug Drive.

The Operation was conducted in the vicinity of school areas on Monday 18 May during the peak drop off and pick up times of 8am to 9am and 2:45pm and 3:45pm.

Police conducted 853 alcotests and 114 drug screening tests during the state-wide traffic operation.

The drug tests resulted in eleven positive results, including seven motorists who returned a positive result for methylamphetamine and four returned a positive result for THC.

A 42-year-old Tailem Bend woman and a 32-year-old West Richmond woman both had children in their car when they tested positive for THC.

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

The ages of the other drivers who tested positive for drugs ranged from a 28-year-old Hackham man to a 55-year-old Angle Vale man. Both men did not have children in their cars.

Police also found three drink drivers, including a 25-year-old Christies Beach woman who had no children in her car when she recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.167.

A 39-year-old man from Lockleys and a woman of the same age from Port Pirie South both had children in their cars when they returned blood alcohol readings of 0.061 and 0.130 respectively.

Additionally, five vehicles were impounded and two drivers were issued with an immediate loss of licence.

Assistant Commissioner Ian Parrott addressed the operation results at a press conference earlier today, labelling the actions of the drink and drug drivers completely irresponsible.

“I don’t know anybody who would think that type of behaviour is responsible,” he said.

“We have lost 47 lives on South Australian roads in comparison to 46 this time last year.

“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.

“We are out there, we are actively policing and you will get caught. And if you do get caught then you should be thankful because hopefully we’ve stopped you from either killing yourself or somebody else on our roads.”

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