Thursday, May 23, 2024

New booze buses hit the streets

Two smaller and more manoeuvrable alcohol and drug testing buses are set to hit the streets to help catch impaired drivers across the State.

Police and Road Safety Minister, Michelle Roberts said two Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 vans had been provided at a cost of $772,000 to replace Breath and Drug Bus 2, which has been in service since 2002.

“These smaller vehicles will be more versatile for our alcohol and drug testing operations and will give police greater flexibility when choosing which roads to set up on,” said Ms Roberts.

“Police will be better able to access back streets and rat runs where drink drivers may think they can get away, and will be more readily deployable to rural and regional roads.”

The vans have undergone a purpose fit-out by local Bassendean company Paull and Warner Body Builders to specifically meet the needs of the WA Police Force.

The deployment of Breath and Drug buses was temporarily suspended during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following consultation with the Department of Health, important COVID-safe practices have now been implemented for the deployment of the buses.

Since booze and drug bus operations recommenced on Saturday 6 June, more than 717 drivers have been caught for drink driving and 522 drivers tested positive for an illicit drug.

“This will further reinforce our anywhere, anytime message,” said Ms Roberts.

“I hope people will heed the message and if you plan to drink, then make a plan to get home, that doesn’t involve driving yourself.”

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