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WA Police announce the return of booze buses, random breath testing from Saturday following coronavirus shutdown

By Phil Hickey

Booze buses will be back on WA roads from this Saturday, after being banished several months ago due to COVID-19.

Booze buses were taken off the roads in mid March after police said it would “minimise the risk to officers and the community” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But in a statement released on Thursday WA Police confirmed it would recommence roadside random breath testing from this Saturday, including the deployment of breath and drug buses.

“The re-commencement of Breath and Drug Bus Operations is occurring following extensive consultation with the Department of Health,” the statement said.

“The standard operating procedures used for such deployments have been modified to factor in important COVID-safe practices.

“The return to normal roadside breath and drug testing will coincide with the broader lessening of COVID-19 restrictions in WA, which will likely see increased patronage of pubs, hotels and other licensed venues.”

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