Drug and drink drivers targeted in joint road safety operation

ACT Policing tested almost 200 drivers for drug or drink driving in Hume yesterday (Wednesday, 18 November 2020) during a joint Road Policing and ACT Road Traffic Authority (RTA) operation.

Police conducted 177 random breath tests as well as 15 random drug tests at a stationary site on the Monaro Highway as part of National Road Safety Week.

In an excellent result for police only one driver was found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit, recording a BAC of 0.073, while no drivers tested positive for drugs.

Three traffic infringement notices were issued, one for driving unlicenced, one for driving an unregistered vehicle and one for displaying false plates.

Officer in Charge of Road Policing Detective Acting Inspector Ivan Naspe said police and the ACT Government received positive feedback from the community during the operation.

“Yesterday’s joint operation was a very positive engagement for ACT Policing and it was encouraging to see only one drink driver,” Detective Acting Inspector Naspe said.

“While National Road Safety Week is a great time for us to reach out to the ACT community, I’d like to remind Canberrans police are always on the lookout for drink and drug drivers.

“You can expect to see police conducting roadside alcohol or drug screening at any time, on any road in marked and unmarked vehicles and we have more operations planned with our ACT Government colleagues.

“If you are headed out and plan to consume alcohol, don’t drive.  It’s that simple.”

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