Road safety efforts continuing as Operation Safe Arrival wraps up

As the Easter Operation Safe Arrival comes to an end, police will continue their efforts to keep people safe on Tasmanian roads.

“This Easter, police have been doing what we can to crack down on dangerous behaviours like speeding, mobile phone use, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” said Acting Assistant Commissioner Jason Elmer.

“We’ve had high-visibility and covert patrols on our highways and main roads, and we’ve been covering other routes, back streets, and rural areas.”

“We want to thank most road users for doing the right thing, and heeding our advice about slowing down, paying attention, buckling up, stopping and resting to avoid fatigue and never driving after drinking or taking drugs.”

“Unfortunately there’s far too many people who ignored our warnings, and deliberately put themselves and others in danger.”

“Since Thursday we have conducted more than 6,000 drug and alcohol tests across the state, and we’ve caught 31 drink drivers and 40 drug drivers in that time.”

“Of those people, 26 drug drivers were caught in the south of the state.”

“We also caught 446 people speeding statewide.”

“It’s simply not good enough.”

“Any death on our roads is one too many, and tragically we had two lives lost over the Easter break.”

“As police, we are playing our part, and we need everyone in the community to help us drive down the road toll.”

“You can help by obeying the road rules, making sure your loved ones do too, and letting police know if you see something dangerous on our roads.”

Operation Safe Arrival state-wide traffic enforcement activities 6 – 11 April 2023
Random breath (alcohol) tests 6263
Motorists charged with drink driving offences 31
Oral fluid (drug) tests conducted 129
Motorists who returned positive oral fluid (drug) tests 40
Infringement notices issued for speeding offences (not including mobile speed cameras) 446
Infringement notices issued for mobile phone use 25
Infringement notices issued for seat belt offences 18