Tasmania Police is suspending large scale random breath testing (RBT) and random drug testing (RDT) operations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Deputy Commissioner Scott Tilyard said the decision has been made to minimise health risks to Tasmania Police officers and the Tasmanian community and is in line with similar approaches by police in other jurisdictions.
“This does not mean that other forms of RBT and RDT will cease, instead this will allow more time for police on the roads with an increased focus on targeted breath and drug testing and high-visibility patrolling, which are methods we already utilise,” he said.
“Motorists should also remember that RBT and RDT procedures are only one part of the range of measures and techniques that police use to enforce traffic laws. Our officers can be anywhere, anytime with a focus on targeting those who do risk their lives, and the lives of others, by drink or drug driving.”
“Road safety will continue to be a significant priority for Tasmania Police, alongside our usual policing duties and police officers will continue to ensure safe hygiene practices are followed.”
“This approach will take immediate effect and remain in place until further notice.”
“Tasmania Police is constantly conducting risk assessments and considering health advice to ensure the safety of our officers and members of the community at this time.”