IMPORTANT NEWS: Police cease breath and roadside drug tests to stop coronavirus spread
- Queensland police are leaving the stationary roadside breath tests amid COVID-19
- They announced that the approach would take effect immediately Monday afternoon
- The choice was made to ‘minimize health risks’ for agents and the community
- Similar measures have also been taken by the New South Wales police
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The police will suspend the stationary roadside breath tests to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Queensland and New South Wales will suspend the roadside drink and drug busts with immediate effect, while other states are expected to follow suit.
“The decision was made to minimize health risks to QPS officers and the community,” the Queensland police said in a statement.
Road safety remains an important priority for the QPS. The QPS will continue to conduct random breath and drug tests through highly visible mobile patrols.
Queensland Police have announced that the approach will take effect immediately Monday afternoon (stock image)
“The QPS continuously conducts risk assessments and considers health advice to ensure the safety of officers and communities as the COVID-19 situation unfolds.”
Roadside breath and drug tests will be suspended until further notice, the QLD police said.
Similar measures have been taken in New South Wales.
“The NSWPF director is taking steps to keep our workforce healthy and ready to maintain the highest response to the NSW community,” the NSW police said in a statement.
“The police commissioner, in consultation with the Minister of Emergency Services, has determined that police officers can decide that in the current climate it is not reasonable to undertake stationary RBT and RDT.”
The police will decide ‘at their discretion’ whether it is feasible to perform stationary roadside breath and drug tests.
“Proactive police activities play a critical role in protecting the community, including those on our roads,” said the NSW police.
“As such, the police remain focused on traffic enforcement strategies, including targeted mobile RBT and RDT.”
The NSW police have also taken similar measures. “The NSWPF Executive is taking steps to keep our workforce healthy and ready to maintain the highest level of response to the NSW community,” they said in a statement (stock image)