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Spencer Gulf Drivers Caught During Police Operation

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A 49-year-old man from Port Pirie and an 18-year-old man from Whyalla Norrie were both caught this week, when South Australian Police targeted drink and drug drivers near school zones during Operation Stop Drink/Drug Drive Schools.

The state-wide Operation, was conducted during peak school drop off and pick up times between both 8am to 9am and 3pm to 4pm.

During this period, Police conducted 1,288 alcotests and 46 drug tests.

The Port Pirie man was one of four drivers returned a positive roadside test for Methamphetamine.

Additionally, the Whyalla Norrie man returned a positive roadside test for THC.

A similar operation named Operation Return to School ran over a two-day period late last month, and was also conducted during the same peak drop off and pick up times.

Inspector Cynthia Healey, Acting Officer in Charge of the Traffic Services Branch, is appalled to see a lack of behaviour change during Operation Stop Drink/Drug Drive Schools.

“Despite public repeated warnings from police, motorists are still doing the wrong thing,” she said.

“It’s not only disappointing, but it’s also selfish.

“You’re not only putting your life in danger, but the lives of people around you, including children who are just trying to get to school.

“We will not accept drink and drug drivers in this state and if you take that risk then you should also take the consequences.”

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