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By Western Suburbs Weekly Staff Writer
WA Police have suspended bulk breath and drug testing in response to the emerging COVID-19 situation.
The suspension of breath and drug bus operations will be temporary, according a statement released by WA Police on Monday.
“These operations are a high-volume static testing involving many motorists and officers and this decision is intended to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission,” a spokesperson said.
“This decision has been made to minimise the risk to officers and the community, but should not be interpreted that Police will not be stopping and testing drivers.
“The change will take effect immediately and will remain in place until further notice.”
However, roadside breath and drug testing will continue in a modified format, including dedicated traffic patrols to be undertaken throughout WA.
“Roadside testing will continue to be a high priority and will be delivered as part of our highly visible mobile traffic patrols targeting driver behaviour,” the spokesperson said.
“Drivers refusing to provide samples of breath or saliva will be prosecuted.”
Queensland Police have stopped conducting roadside breath testing while NSW Police have suspended stationary random breath testing for the first time in 40 years.