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Operation Stop Drink/Drug Drive

Police LightsOperation Stop Drink/Drug Drive was a state-wide campaign on Saturday night which saw drivers stopped and tested across South Australia.

Across the Far North and Eyre Western Local Service Areas, over 300 people were alcohol-tested between 7pm Saturday and 3:30am Sunday.

A number of those drivers were also drug tested and in total, four people returned positive alcohol readings and one tested positive to the drug test

In the Yorke Mid North Local Service Area, 85 drivers were alcohol-tested and SAPOL are pleased to say none came back positive.

Officer in Charge of the Traffic Support Branch, Superintendent Bob Gray says these types of operations provide high-visibility of police and also catch drivers driving under the influence.

“This type of road safety operation is a regular part of the work undertaken by the South Australia Police,” he said.

“These types of large-scale blitzes have two roles – firstly to enforce the law by catching drivers who make the irresponsible decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs and secondly to be a highly-visible education tool.

He went on to say SA Police will have further operations of this type throughout the year and urged drivers to consider their actions.

“Drivers who chose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs put the entire community at risk,” he said.

“Drivers and riders should also remember they can be stopped at random by a police officer anywhere at any time in metropolitan and regional South Australia and tested for alcohol and/or illicit drugs.”

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