SA police furnish Operation Austrans numbers


Second stage of annual blitz sees thousands of vehicles pulled over

SA police furnish Operation Austrans numbers
A South Australian policeman on Austrans duty

 

A nation-wide heavy vehicle blitz has seen hundreds of truck drivers spoken to by South Australia Police, with more than 500 either reported or fined, according to South Australia police (Sapol).

Compliance-focused Operation Austrans, which this year came in two stages, ended on December 9.

The operation is nationally coordinated and has been conducted annually since 1989.

During Phase 2 of the operation, a total of 2,753 vehicles were pulled over during a series of road stops conducted by police and National Heavy Vehicle Regulator-authorised officers across South Australia.

From November 27 to December 9, police and NHVR-authorised officers issued:

  • 287 formal warnings
  • 515 expiations/reports
  • 312 defect notices (123 major defect notices and 189 minor defect notices).

A total of 4,449 vehicles pulled over in the first two weeks, from March 20 to April 1.

Also during Austrans 2017, 70 drivers returned positive drug tests and police noticed an increase in fatigue management offences compared with the 2016 operation while speeding offences significantly dropped.

Sapol inspector Ben Spencer, from the traffic support branch, said the number of heavy vehicle drivers who provided a positive drug screen was disappointing.

"It creates an increased crash risk for the drivers themselves and endangers other road users through poor choices and risk taking behaviour associated with drug use," Spencer continues.

"It also tarnishes the reputation of the professional drivers who are doing the right thing and setting a good example."

"In addition to this specific operation, police continue to work with the transport industry to ensure compliance and road safety for the whole community."

 

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