Sturt Hwy driver five times over blood alcohol limit, South Australia

A 38-year-old Monash man will be appearing in court after returning a breath reading more than five times the legal limit yesterday afternoon.

A member of the State Traffic Enforcement Section was conducting rural highway duties about 3.30pm on Sturt Highway, at Monash, when he noticed a sedan being driven erratically.

The police officer, on a motorbike, pulled over the driver for a mobile breath test which returned a positive reading. A later breath analysis at Berri Police Station returned a reading of 0.254.

In addition to being reported for drink driving, the motorist was instantly disqualified from driving for 12 months and had his vehicle impounded for 28 days.

The man is expected to be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for a fully licensed driver is under 0.05.

Police, who can pull a driver or rider over anywhere, anytime, urge motorists to do the right thing to ensure their own safety, along with that of their passengers and other road users.

There have been 33 people killed this year on the state’s roads, compared with 20 at the same time last year.

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