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SAPOL blitz to target lunch-time boozing

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You better watch out, we’re telling you why – SAPOL is coming to town.

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It’s the festive season, which means more festivities and therefore a greater likelihood of motorists taking their chances drink-driving on SA roads.

And that’s prompted a SA Police warning that it will target motorists across the city tomorrow, in its second pop-up breath-testing operation for this festive season.

Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti, officer in charge of Traffic Support Branch, said that in addition to the usual operations, lunchtime drink-driving was on the radar.

“While every police officer across the state can – and does – breath test motorists, tomorrow there will be major testing operations conducted in every Local Service Area across metropolitan Adelaide,” he said.

“We aren’t making a secret of this campaign. We want drivers to know we will be out there, so the message is clear that we will be out to catch those who don’t do the right thing.”

The first pop-up testing station in the campaign occurred at the end of last month, with 2495 drivers tested over a three-hour period.

Police recorded two drivers over the 0.05 limit, but under 0.079.

This meant they received an expiation notice for $637, loss of four demerit points and a driver direction notice not to drive for six hours.

But Fioravanti insists “two is still two too many”.

“I’m asking the community not to put themselves and other road users at risk… if you’re having a drink at lunch time, make alternative transport arrangements – don’t think you can evade police,” he said.

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