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West Coast police catch 133 drugged drivers, 49 drink drivers in two-month traffic operation

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West Coast police catch 133 drugged drivers, 49 drink drivers. Image / Pulse

Police have taken a swipe at the “disappointing” behaviour of drivers across the West Coast who have put “all road users at risk” after a two-month operation netted 27 seized vehicles and 60 speeding fines.

Acting Inspector Martin Parker said the results from May and June, which also saw 49 drink drivers and eight high-range speeders pulled over, were far from ideal.


“Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and speeding are two of the five major contributors to serious and fatal crashes,” he said.

“That is why we will continue to proactively patrol our roads to ensure everyone is doing the right thing and driving to the conditions.”

12 licensing offences were also detected, including one disqualified driver, one suspended licence and 10 unlicensed drivers.

Tasmania Police officers conduct a random breath test operation. Image / Pulse

Of the 60 speeding fines issued, 13 drivers were more than 30km/h above the speed limit and four were over 38km/h above the limit.

16 of the 49 drink drivers stopped had blood alcohol readings more than three times the legal limit.

Police also tested 228 drivers for drugs, with 76 people returning positive readings in May and 57 positive readings in June.


Parker said police will continue to patrol roads to ensure drivers are following the rules, “particularly at this time of year when we are experiencing wet and icy conditions on our roads”.


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