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Static roadside drug and alcohol testing operations have been suspended in NSW and QLD owing to the COVID-19 crisis.

The NSW Police Commissioner and the Minister for Emergency Services announced that police ‘may decide it is not reasonable to undertake stationary RBT and RDT in the current climate’.

Multiple car tests 

In a statement released on Tuesday, a spokesperson said, ‘Police officers will therefore use their discretion to determine the viability of conducting stationary RBT and RDT’.

NSW Police Association president Tony King went a step further, declaring that police would not be undertaking static tests, where multiple cars are pulled over at a time.

They would still be conducting random tests in other circumstances, such as when someone was suspected of being under the influence, or was caught speeding.

‘With the devices in a stationary RBT set up, police could be testing 50, 60, 100 people over and over again,’ Mr King said.

‘This is about keeping people safe.’


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  1. I wonder Can these unused stationary RBT be used, by the health dept. to test for covid-19. They could be placed at the hospitals around the north coast easily accessible for the public just a thought.

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