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Source: South Australia Police

More than 4,500 drivers were stopped by SA Police as part of an ongoing campaign to deter motorists from drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs before driving.

The state-wide police operation which ran from 7am on Friday 18 December to 7am Saturday 19 December, involved both static/block and mobile testing.

The police blitz saw 17 drivers test positive for alcohol, while 10 drivers returned a positive drug test.

Of note, the highest reading in the 24 hours operation, was a 30-year-old man from Seacombe Gardens who was stopped at 10pm on Friday night and allegedly registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.160 or more than three times over the legal limit of 0.05.
He was reported for drink driving, received a 12 month instant loss of licence and his car was impounded for 28 days.

Police impounded a total of seven cars, while seven drivers also were issued an immediate loss of licence.

The youngest driver that was detected drink driving was a 19-year-old man at Mt Gambier, while the oldest a 69-year-old man from Sellicks Beach

Of the ten people that failed a drug test the youngest was a 20-year-old man from Tarpeena, while two drivers over the age of 60 years-old, a Whyalla Norrie woman and a Mt Gambier man also returned positive samples.

Police are concerned that drivers of all ages are still gambling by deciding to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs.  Motorists across the state are reminded that police will be out in force over the Christmas holiday period using both mobile and static testing sites and also have the power to stop any vehicle on a road at any time and request the driver to submit to a breath test.

Drink or drug drive you will get caught.

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