In what a police superintendent has described as deplorable, two drivers in South Australia have failed roadside drug testing while picking up their children from school.
According to the South Australia Police, numerous drivers failed drug testing or alcohol testing during Operation Stop Drink Drug Drive Schools, a state-wide road safety blitz targeting school zones.
One of those to fail drug testing in South Australia was a 39-year-old Mawson Lakes woman, who tested positive for methamphetamines. Another was a 30-year-old man from Port Augusta who failed drug testing due to THC, the psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Both motorists were picking up children at the time of the drug tests.South Australia Police Superintendent Bob Gray said the behaviour of motorists who failed drug testing or alcohol testing during the operation was deplorable.
“There’s no excuse for such blatant disregard of the road rules,” he said. “It’s one thing to put your own life in danger as a result of your poor choices, but to also put the lives of children at risk is incredibly dangerous and selfish.
“Taking drugs or drinking alcohol and driving presents a serious risk to not just the driver and their passengers, but to all road users.”
It’s not the only incident on South Australia’s roads that could be described as deplorable. Earlier this week a female driver is alleged to have run away from police after being stopped for random alcohol testing at Somerton Park. She was arrested a short distance away. Police will allege she subsequently failed alcohol testing, returning a blood alcohol reading of 0.219. That’s more than four times over the blood alcohol limit.
To put this into perspective, to blow 0.219 during alcohol testing, the South Australian woman would have had to consume a significant amount of alcohol. And it’s surprising she could even drive, let alone run away from police. Between 0.2% and 0.29% blood alcohol level most people will be in a stupor, confused, dazed, disorientated and would have had significantly impaired concentration and reflexes.
Drug testing, alcohol testing in South Australia’s workplaces
Obviously, if people are going to take risks on our roads with drugs and alcohol, they’re also like to take risks at work. So, if your workplace is safety-focussed, it’s imperative that you put steps in place to reduce the safety risks. This will include conducting drug testing and alcohol testing in your South Australian workplace.
Integrity Sampling conducts drug testing and alcohol testing across South Australia. To find out more about our services, give us a call on 1300 725 482.
A police superintendent has described as deplorable the actions of two drivers in South Australia who failed roadside drug testing while picking up their children from school. Credit Lars Plougmann https://www.flickr.com/photos/criminalintent/34320471346/in/photostream/ (image modified)