Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Expanded drug testing capability for police in Christmas crackdown

    21/12/2017 10:30 AM
     
    • New portable drug testing kits to be carried in police vehicles
    • Heightened police traffic operations from December 21, 2017 to January 31, 2018
    • Double demerit points start from midnight tonight 

    New roadside drug testing kits are being rolled out to the WA Police Force ahead of a festive season crackdown on drink and drug driving.

     

    The new kits are more compact and portable and enable the screening process to be conducted from a roadside police vehicle.

     

    Previous testing was mostly conducted from breath and drug buses or in areas with close proximity to a police station.

     

    Launching the State-wide Police Traffic Campaign today, Police Minister Michelle Roberts said police enforcement efforts were being ramped up over the festive period.

     

    Drug and booze bus operations will be deployed in metropolitan and regional Western Australia to catch intoxicated drivers.

     

    Both marked and unmarked traffic vehicles, along with covert police motorbikes will target speeding, seatbelt offences and drivers using their mobile phones.

     

    So far this year, more than 8,000 drivers have been charged with drink driving offences.

     

    2,615 drivers have been caught driving with illicit drugs in their system.

     

    Double demerit point penalties apply from midnight tonight until January 7, 2018.

     

    Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:

     

    "The message is simple - don't drink and drive or get behind the wheel with illicit drugs in your system, or you can expect to get caught.

     

    "Not only are those people risking their own lives, but they put the lives of other road users at serious risk.

     

    "I urge all Western Australians to spare a thought for others this festive season and show some courtesy, consideration and care on the roads.

     

    "Let us all enjoy the time with our family and friends and share in those things that make Christmas - peace, goodwill and giving joy to those we love."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6900