Albany cops urge sensible return to normal

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Great Southern Police traffic Sgt Derek Grimes.
Camera IconGreat Southern Police traffic Sgt Derek Grimes. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

Great Southern police will again be able to conduct mass random breath tests and roll out booze buses.

The State Government on Saturday gave WA Police the green light to restart the deployment of booze and drug buses after they were suspended in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officer-in-charge of Great Southern traffic Sgt Derek Grimes said road users in the region could expect to be stopped by police “at any time, at any place”.

“We encourage people to have a good time, in relation to social activities, but please be mindful of the restrictions placed upon us,” he said.

“Do not drive after consuming alcohol if you think you are anywhere near the limit.”

The return of booze buses to WA roads on Saturday coincided with the return of alcohol service without meals to customers at licensed venues.

Sgt Grimes said an increased focus would now be placed on the region’s entertainment and hospitality precincts.

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