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Drivers detected under the influence of drugs and alcohol

09 Sep 2019 1:19pm

Motorists are reminded that police are always on the look-out for drivers who was behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs.

Drivers and riders can be stopped at random by a police officer anywhere and at any time in both metropolitan 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 driver to get behind the wheel with any illicit drugs in their system.

At 6.52 pm on Friday (6 September), police in the Hills Fleurieu Local Service Area detected a vehicle travelling at 122km/h in a 110km/h zone on the South Eastern Freeway at Paechtown.

The driver, a 42-year-old woman from Felixstow, tested positive to methamphetamine and as a result was issued with a driver direction not to drive for 24-hours. She was also issued with a expiation notice for exceeding the speed limit and following the completion of forensic testing is expected to be summonsed to court at a late date for drug driving.

About 1.15am on Saturday a P2 licence holder was reported for drink driving after returning a positive reading (0.143) when his vehicle was stopped on Mann Street at Mount Barker. The 20-year-old man from Littlehampton will be summonsed to court at a later date and was issued with a six month immediate loss of licence.

At about 9.15 pm, police were advised of a vehicle roll over on Main South Road at Yankalilla where the driver, a 36-year-old man from Noarlunga Downs, was allegedly abusive to ambulance officers and refused treatment.

Police conducted a breath test on the driver which returned a positive result (0.163) leading to him being reported for drink driving. He will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date and was issued an instant loss of licence for 12 months.

About 2am on Sunday a 21-year-old man from Nairne returned a positive breath test (0.072) after being stopped on Walker Street at Mount Barker.   He was issued with an expiation notice.

At 6.08pm a motorist was pulled over on the South Eastern Freeway at Hahndorf, after police observed that the vehicle had only one headlight operating.

A 22-year-old man from Craigburn Farm, who was driving, returned a positive drug test for cannabis and the vehicle was defected.  The probationary licence holder was issued with a driver direction notice not to drive for 24 hours and once forensic testing is completed is expected to be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.