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Random breath testing kicks back in from today after police had to stop due to risk of coronavirus

New South Wales police will resume random breath testing on Wednesday after a temporary suspension on screening due to the coronavirus.

Roadside stationary breath testing was suspended on March 16 to reduce the risk of officers contracting COVID-19 from motorists. 

New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott told 2GB Radio's Ben Fordham on Wednesday morning they'll be back in force in time for the June long weekend. 

Double demerits will also come into effect this weekend across the state from midnight on Thursday to midnight on Monday.

New South Wales police will resume random breath testing on Wednesday after a temporary suspension on screening due to the coronavirus

'We've got all the new equipment, we've got alcohol free wipes and all the kit that's needed for a police officer to run an effective roadside breath-testing unit.' 

Roadside units will be back on the streets and back lanes of New South Wales as of 9 O clock on Wednesday morning.

While officers were still conducting some form of screening during the height of the coronavirus crisis, the stationary units were halted entirely.  

Minister Elliot said despite a reduction in enforcement activities, there was no indication of any increases to drink driving on the streets over this time.  

'Even though there was a reduction in the use of RBT we actually found there wasn't a spike in drink driving per say, yes people were still breath tested if they were found to have broken a road rule,' he said. 

'The decline was also due t the fact hat we had a smaller number of vehicles on the road because nothing was open.'   

South Australia police were the first to resume testing on May 22, after five consecutive days without a positive case of coronavirus.

Officers were told to return to testing activities under the guidelines of wearing personal protective equipment and conduct rigorous cleaning of equipment.  

Double demerit points will come in place on Friday at 9am for anyone caught breaking road rules across the country. 

Roadside stationary breath testing was suspended on March 16 to reduce the risk of officers contracting COVID-19 from motorists

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