POLICE have conducted 7769 random breath tests since 12.01am on Thursday, April 2, up 1976 from last Easter.
The Easter road toll reporting period is being run fromApril 2till 11.59pmon Monday, April 6.
As of 7am this morning, police have conducted high visibility traffic operations and covert patrols across the entire state.
The figures below relate to all checks carried out state wide since operation “Crossroads” commenced.
Total random breath tests conducted: 7769 (5793 last year)
Persons charged with alcohol related driving offences: 22 (30 last year)
Drug tests conducted:48 (108 last year)
Positive drug tests: 20(ninelast year)
Infringement notices issued (speeding): 339 (277 last year)
Vehicle confiscated/clamped: three(twolast year)
Mobile phone offences: 25 (not reported on last year)
Seatbelt offences: 20 (not reported on last year)
Fatalities: zero(onelast year).
Yesterday, officers from Southern District intercepted a motorist who tested positive for drugs with two children in the car.
The driver was unlicensed and the vehicle was also unregistered.
Police said the driver’s actions wasthe type of behaviour that they aretrying to discourage.
Seatbelt, mobile phone and speeding offences remain a concern for Tasmania Police. Police urge all motorists to wear their seatbelt, monitor their speed and only use mobile phones as hands-free.
A positive for Tasmanian drivers is that the incidents of drink driving has reduced from last year. Whilst more breath tests have been conducted, the number of drivers over the alcohol limit has reduced.
Police have also reminded motorists that SES are staffing “take a break” stations around the state during the Easter period.
Take a Breaksites are located at Parramatta Creek north of Elizabeth Town, St Peters Pass north of Oatlands, The Sidling Lookout on the Tasman Highway in the North East, Fossey River on the West Coast and Franklin River on the Lyell Highway.
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