ACT Policing is targeting alcohol and drug impaired driving during the month of June as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.
At different periods during the year, the strategy targets specific issues and behaviours which contribute to death and serious injuries on Canberra’s roads, with alcohol and drug impaired driving among those concerns.
Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said police will have high-visibility patrols conducting both targeted and random breath testing during the month of June.
“Removing all impaired drivers off ACT roads remains a strong focus for ACT Policing,” Sergeant Anderson said.
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“If you think you can avoid police by driving home using back streets, think again – every police vehicle is equipped to be a mobile breath test station, so you can get caught anytime or anywhere.”
Last year ACT Policing conducted 79,935 random roadside breath tests, with 1,368 drivers returning a positive result.
“By removing alcohol and drug impaired drivers from our roads, overall community safety is improved and the potential for serious or fatal accidents is greatly reduced,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“Road safety is everybody’s responsibility. We would like all motorists to plan ahead before getting behind the wheel in order to not become a road statistic.”