Police thank public as they mark a fatality free long weekend, South Australia

South Australia Police would like to thank all road users for their responsible behaviour during the Australia Day long weekend.

Despite roads being busy with Australia Day activities and the Tour Down Under, Police are happy to report that the weekend was officially fatality free.

The last fatality free Australia Day long weekend was in 2018.

Police ran two traffic operations to address the influx of road users across the state, beginning with Operation Safe Long Weekend Australia Day, which ran for the entire long weekend period.

During the state-wide operation, 13,601 alcotests and 502 drug tests were conducted. A total of 28 traffic infringement notices were issued for mobile phone offences, while 363 were issued for speeding offences.

The National Day of Action ran in conjunction with Operation Safe Long Weekend, and launched at 7am Friday 24 January and ended at 7am Saturday 25 January.

During the 24-hour operation, 6,646 alcotests and 167 drug tests were conducted.

Superintendent Bob Gray, Officer in Charge of the Traffic Services Branch, is pleased with the overall results.

“We spend so much of our time trying to educate people about road safety, so it’s very rewarding when the public listen to our warnings,” he said.

“Road safety is a shared responsibility, which has been highlighted by the good behaviour demonstrated this long weekend.

“It shows that when people listen to police advice, which is backed by years of experience and research, they help make South Australian roads safer.

“But our work doesn’t end here. Road safety is ongoing, and we will continue to roll out road safety messaging in conjunction with various traffic operations.

“We want every weekend, every week and every day to be fatality free, so we will continue to work towards that.”

Minister for Police Corey Wingard is also impressed with the results.

“For no lives to be lost on South Australian roads this Australia Day long weekend is a fantastic outcome,” he said.

“It’s clear that motorists across the state took care. They thought about their actions and they considered the consequences of their behaviour before getting behind the wheel.

“Now let’s play our part and Think, Road Safety every day of the year.”

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