Random alcohol and drug testing returns for June long weekend after suspension during pandemic

Random breath testing and drug testing operations will occur over the long weekend. Picture: John Veage
Random breath testing and drug testing operations will occur over the long weekend. Picture: John Veage

Random alcohol and drug testing of motorists returns for the June long weekend after operations were suspended for fear of spreading coronavirus.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the easing of restrictions on licensed premises and regional travel called for a return of proactive stationary Random Breath Testing (RBT) and Roadside Drug Testing (RDT).

"Irresponsible or reckless behaviour that endangers others will not be tolerated," he aid.

"There's no excuse for not abiding by the road rules and police will be there to catch you if you flout the law.

"The community has already been through the Black Summer bushfires, floods, drought and a global pandemic - we've had enough trauma."

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said more people will be on the road as with restrictions easing and implored the community to be responsible and drive safely.

"We understand that people are keen to get out of the house and stimulate the local economy but there is no excuse to get behind the wheel and flagrantly flout the law," Mr Corboy said

"The road rules have not changed, and we make no apologies for stopping selfish road users whose irresponsible driving put themselves and others at risk.

"The message is clear: if your actions put you or others at risk, you will be stopped, and you will face the consequences of your actions."