As part of its multi-agency road safety strategy, ACT Policing actively targeted drink and drug-affected drivers between November and January.
In the last three months, Police conducted 45,014 roadside random breath tests which identified 163 drink-drivers and 508 roadside drug tests, identifying 82 drug impaired drivers.
During the same period last year, ACT Policing caught 301 drunk drivers and 48 drug impaired drivers.
Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations, Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said results over the Summer period were mixed.
“It’s pleasing that for the fourth straight Summer period the number of drivers apprehended for drink-driving is down, however the rise in drivers detected under the influence of illicit drugs is disappointing,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“Perhaps drivers are starting to get the message about drink driving, but we want motorists to know that driving under the influence of drugs is potentially fatal – not just for you but for everyone around you on the road.”
“Drug and alcohol impaired drivers pose the highest risk on our roads. 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.”
“The results over the past three months should be a warning to drivers – if you drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we will catch you.”
Incoming Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations, Station Sergeant Susan Ball announced that ACT Policing will now focus on targeting speeding motorists during February.
(ACT Policing media release)