Northern Territory Police were out in force again last night with Random Breath and Drug Test Stations located at every exit, locking down the Darwin CBD, for Operation Transit II.
Operation Transit II is the second large scale operation in the last two months targeting drink and drug driving. Officers from various areas of police including Darwin Traffic Operations, Territory Relief Pool, Alcohol Policing Unit, College Command, Drug Enforcement, Intelligence, Palmerston and Darwin Police Stations took part in the operation.
The presence of police on Random Breath and Drug Test operations is set to increase across the next few months leading into our Christmas and New Year traffic operations. Members of the public should have no doubt that they are likely to be either breath or drug tested if they are on our roads.
During the course of Operation Transit II, 3626 random breath and 11 drug driver tests were conducted. Some drivers were surprised to discover that they were over the legal limit of .05% BAC.
Police identified a number of offences including three persons driving with medium level breath alcohol, ten persons driving with low level breath alcohol, two drivers speeding, two unregistered vehicles and one unlicensed driver.
Senior Sergeant Angela Stringer said, “Northern Territory Police are committed to road safety and will be continuing to conduct large traffic operations throughout the Northern Territory. These operations are not limited to the Darwin City and over the coming months will be a regular sight around the Territory”.