Long weekend driver behaviour

traffic RBT

ACT Policing is pleased the Queen’s Birthday long weekend was fatality free, but disappointed that drivers continue to drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Across the weekend, officers conducted over 990 random breath tests and over 30 random drug tests. 7 people were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, and 18 people were driving under the influence of illicit drugs.

Officers issued 43 further traffic infringement notices, for excessive speed, mobile phone use and other offences.

Officer in Charge Traffic Operations, Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said although the majority of drivers were well behaved, some drivers continue to do the wrong thing.

“It’s disappointing people aren’t listening to the message – don’t drive if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You are not only putting your life at risk, but those around you,” said Detective Station Sergeant Boorman.

“This message is not new, and it’s really simple, giving it a little extra thought before you decide to drive can make a big difference.”

“Although this long weekend was fatality free in the ACT, we did respond to a number of collisions. One driver was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained a number of significant injuries. There is no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt, they are a proven safety feature.”

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