Drug driving charges on first day of school

A police operation testing drivers near SA schools on Monday July 30 detected one motorist under the influence of alcohol and 10 returning positive drug tests.

Patrols visited 83 schools in both metropolitan and country South Australia during the drop-off and pick-up times as part of a wider police operation to ensure the safety of children and pedestrians around school zones.

In total:

  • 1222 alcotests were conducted state-wide
  • One driver returned a positive breath test (0.065)
  • 146 drug tests were conducted state-wide
  • 10 of those returned a positive reading
  • Seven of the positive readings were for methylamphetamine, two for THC (cannabis) and one for both
  • Five of those drivers had children in the car and were travelling to or from school

The driver who returned a positive result for alcohol, a 49-year-old woman from Yorke Peninsula, is expected to be summonsed to court at a later date.

Pending completing of forensic testing the drivers who tested positive for illicit drugs are expected to face further penalties and appropriate notifications will be made regarding child safety.

The community are also reminded that drivers and riders can be stopped at random by a police officer anywhere at any time in metro and regional SA and tested for illicit drugs.

Under the Road Traffic Act 1961, it is an offence for a motorist to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle with THC (Cannabis), Methylamphetamine (Speed, Ice or Crystal Meth) or MDMA (Ecstasy) present in their oral fluid or blood.

Unlike the .05 blood alcohol limit, there is no limit when it comes to drugs – it is an offence for a motorist to get behind the wheel with illicit drugs in their system.

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