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Random breath tests in the ACT drop by more than half during coronavirus pandemic | The Canberra Times



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Statistics from the past 10 years show the number of roadside breath tests has trended down over the past five years, prior to a significant drop due to the coronavirus pandemic. Random breath tests for drink drivers in the ACT dropped by more than half last year, after ACT Policing conducted 39,355 alcohol tests, compared with 90,281 in the previous year. The ACT initially held out from stopping roadside testing during the pandemic, after states and territories such as NSW, Queensland and Western Australia stopped operations in March 2020. But an ACT Policing spokesman revealed that mass random breath testing activities were eventually suspended. There were 247 mass roadside testing stations in 2020, compared with…

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