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Long Weekend Officially Fatality Free!

SA Police were generally pleased with motorist behaviour on South Australian roads over the long weekend.

With the death of an 80-year-old man in a crash at Mount Drummond on Sunday found to be as a result of a medical episode, the state was officially fatality free for the first time since 2008.

Superintendent Bob Gray, the officer in charge of the Traffic Support Branch, said while the lack of fatalities was significant, it was not the only factor for police, with patrols still busy across the state.

During Operation Safe Long Weekend (from 3pm Friday to midnight Monday) 8563 motorists were alco tested – with 57 returning positive results.

In addition, of the 639 drivers required to undergo a drug screening test, 40 returned a positive result.

A total of 780 drivers were detected speeding, 42 were caught using their mobile phones while driving, and 47 were pulled over because either the driver or passengers were not wearing a seatbelt.

Superintendent Gray said the police focus on the offences that are aligned with the Fatal Five – speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while distracted, not buckling up or dangerous driving – will continue.

“While we are pleased with the lack of fatalities on this high-risk weekend, it is still of great concern to police to see so many drivers flout the law, particularly with regard to speeding.

“Police can only do so much – every road user in South Australia has a responsibility to obey the law and drive to the conditions.”


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