Random breath testing

In February 1982 the Fraser Cabinet considered the recommendations of a House of Representatives committee report entitled 'Alcohol, Drugs and Road Safety'. Cabinet noted that road accidents cost the Commonwealth budget $100 million in 1980–81 and that at least one third of adults killed in road accidents had significant blood-alcohol levels. Cabinet agreed in principle to support the introduction of random breath testing nationally, although the Department of the Capital Territory had expressed ‘grave reservations’ about the threat to privacy involved in random testing.

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