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1 in 15 Positive Drug Tests on the River

Police Water Operations Unit have been busy patrolling the River Murray over the Christmas, New Year and school holiday period as part of Operation River Safe.

Operation River Safe is an annual safety campaign on the River Murray which commenced on Monday 26 December (Boxing Day) and running though until Saturday 14 January 2017.

Although vessel traffic along the river is significantly down on previous years due to weather and river conditions, Police have had a number of vessels failing to adhere to the safety message.

Police have detected a range of offences including operating a vessel with a prescribed drug in their oral fluid, operating a personal water craft (PWC or ‘Jet ski’) without a licence, failing to carry sufficient safety equipment on-board and skiing without an observer.

During the operation so far, police have conducted 77 vessel checks, 84 alcotests and 77 drug tests with five people allegedly returning a positive result to drugs. Police have issued five expiation notices for offences including insufficient safety equipment, operating a vessel without a licence and, skiing without an observer.

Police have praised families who have taken positive steps with their children in relation to the wearing lifejackets when in, on or near the water.

Police and marine safety officers from the department of planning, transport and infrastructure (DPTI) will continue to patrol the river over the remaining holiday period.

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