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Australia NSW police suspend random breath testing

22:55  16 march  2020
22:55  16 march  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

Virus concerns over police breath testing

  Virus concerns over police breath testing Drivers might escape doing roadside testing for drugs and alcohol, with Victoria Police under pressure from the union over coronavirus concerns.The Police Association Victoria raised concerns to the force about its members breath-testing drivers, claiming it's a "high-risk" activity with the potential to spread COVID-19.

NSW Police have suspended stationary random breath testing for the first time in almost 40 years to protect officers and motorists from coronavirus.

Testing stations will be abandoned indefinitely across the state due to transmission concerns.

It's feared both police officers and members of the public could be exposed to a greater risk of infection touching communal machines.

Police insist this is not a green light for motorists to start drink driving.

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Targeted random testing will still take place.

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