Operation Long Weekend Results, South Australia

One life was lost and two people were seriously injured over the October long weekend. This brings the total lives lost to 68 compared to 83 at this time last year.

Officer in Charge of the Traffic Services Branch, Superintendent Bob Gray said the death of a 19 year old Mount Barker man in the Adelaide Hills yesterday was the 15th motorcyclist to lose their life on South Australian roads this year.

“We are urging all motorcyclists to be extra vigilant, and ride to the road conditions,” he said.

Operation Safe Long Weekend ran from Thursday 1 October to Monday 5 October and is part of the month long Operation High Impact Fatal 5.

During this time, police conducted 1713 alcotests with 41 positive results recorded. One was a man at Roxby Downs who had his vehicle impounded after returning a positive test of 0.235 in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was issued with a 12 month instant loss of licence and his vehicle was impounded for 28 days. He will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

Police also conducted 361 drug tests, and 44 drivers returned a positive result.

“Drugs and driving don’t mix. Drugs reduce a driver’s mental alertness, vigilance and concentration, physical co-ordination and their ability to react quickly to what is happening on the road.”

Speed was a major focus of this year’s Operation, with 616 speed offences detected over the four day period. Further to that 30 distraction offenses with mobile phones and 40 seat belt offences were detected.

“Wearing a seat belt is one of easiest ways of protecting drivers and passengers when travelling in a vehicle. If you are involved in a serious crash, wearing a seatbelt doubles your chance of surviving.”

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