RBT - Anywhere, Anytime (Including the Outback)

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A ‘catch-cry’ of most state police forces’ around Australia is “RBT, anywhere, anytime”.

On a recent trip to the Gulf Savannah I was somewhat surprised whilst travelling the Burke Development Road towards Dunbar. At 7:30 in the morning I was stopped by police for a random breath test at the Walsh River, about 40-kilometres west of Chillagoe.

Not that I have a problem with that – but they sure do mean it when they say, anywhere, anytime…

They were on their way to Koowanyama, and making the most of the trip, seemingly…!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:01

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:01
Last year there was a RBT on top of Mt. Skene during the snow season. Checking for permits and 0.05.
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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:02

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:02
Baz, I have been pulled up all over Australia in the most remote places, anytime or anywhere. One thing I always do is be very polite and not be a smart arse. The coppers appreciate that and normally I have a good yarn with them if I wasn't pushed for time.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 20:01

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 20:01
They were professional, but friendly. I actually had a chat with one of them at the roadhouse the previous afternoon.

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Jon W (Toow - Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:10

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:10
Contrary to Baz's experience, we have just completed a 21 500 km loop from Toowoomba across to the Pilbara and back across the Nullabor and home through Vic High Country and Western NSW. We saw very few Police on the roads and had one breath test near Swan Hill in Vic. We were quite surprised. Mind you, in the eighties, I was breath tested midway between Muckadilla and Roma at 6.00 am on Good Friday.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:28

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:28
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How old are you now if tested in the eighties, or was that the 1980's and not your 80's?
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Follow Up By: Jon W (Toow - Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:37

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:37
Senior moment!!!!!!! 1980s!!!!!!!! Although I aged considerably when he jumped out onto the road making me think originally that he was a skippy!!
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Follow Up By: OutBack Wanderers - Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 16:35

Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 16:35
We also travelled 11, 758 klms from NSW, SA,NT, WA

to Kalbarri before we saw our first patrol car, went over to them as they were booking a caravanner, probably for speeding as it was a 50 zone, said your the first patrol car, your kidding he said, nope.

Probably having to do long distances, struth, the distance between towns was extraordinary, we've never seen so many straight sections of road, crest one of a dozen, and the road just goes straight into the distance.

No wonder we never saw patrol cars, they need to camp overnight

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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 18:01

Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 18:01
Some do camp overnight with swags and fridges in their vehicles. Have been tested 5 times in a row at the St Lawrence turn off. Same policeman, I said I will ring through and let you know what time I will be passing so you don't have to wait. He had a big chuckle.

Have been licence, book checked and bagged twice about half way along on the Kynuna Middleton Rd. I think I was favourite of the year at Mattaranka as I seemed to have a permanent booking spot with them.

I really could go on and on but the police can be anywhere and boy do I know it. One thing I find, is the middle aged police are the easiest going regarding flexibility and politeness. The worst are ones in their late 20's or early 30's that have a lady young officer with them. Some and I do mean some, seem to want to puff themselves up like a stuffed peacock.

Guess we were all young once and showed off a bit.



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Reply By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:33

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 19:33
I was pulled over and breath tested on the beach at Fraser Island. They were booking one guy. Not remote I know but anywhere anytime for sure.
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Reply By: Athol W1 - Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 20:12

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 20:12
I have been RBT at Avon Downs NT in the early afternoon several years back, a road block and everyone got tested.

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Follow Up By: rumpig - Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 21:00

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 at 21:00
Was about to post the same location myself, though ours was pre lunch.
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Reply By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 at 09:46

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 at 09:46
Whilst doing an west/east run of the Simpson Desert in 2014 came across these two fellas on patrol. As you say they can be anywhere at anytime.


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Follow Up By: gbc - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 at 14:50

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 at 14:50
We got pulled up for permit/rbt check just inside the qld border near Poeppel corner on our last trip.
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Follow Up By: Dean K3 - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 at 17:04

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 at 17:04
Closer to home dunc - uncle found the RBT after blind crest after maritana rail bridge in k-town.

As did many other get a surprise,

best one yet Gt eastern hwy eastbound between top of greenmount and just prior to glen forrest hardey/park road intersection. Blind corner no warning down to standstill with b-doubles doing 80 make life interesting despite calling them up and warning them
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 at 18:47

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 at 18:47
What permit do you need in QLD to be driving in the Simpson Desert? There's a camping fee per night...
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 at 18:51

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 at 18:51
QLD Parks officers and QLD Police also check SA Desert Parks Pass apparently.
If you come out of the SA section without a pass they can somehow issue a penalty, or maybe they just take info and refer this to SA Parks to issue fines.
I've been told that by people that have been pulled over by those and the SA Parks people checking permits, personally in 6 or 7 times through I have never seen an authority in SA or QLD parks, let alone been checked.
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Follow Up By: gbc - Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 09:32

Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 09:32
Yes it was a joint qps / npws setup. They checked pretty much everything including our desert parks passes. They had a couple of dui's already by the time we got there.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 10:20

Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 10:20
Yep, too many think the desert is ok to have a few (too many).
I've had a few trips through with groups where some have enjoy beverages from about noon, and although seemingly ok in their driving would possibly be a little over the legal limit.
Personally I look forward to waiting for camp, and having the first icy cold beer while packing and setting up camp.
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Reply By: Aussie1 - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 at 10:15

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 at 10:15
Agree, anywhere anytime. Been tested on two separate occasions in the middle of the Nullabor.
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Reply By: Member - hopbush - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 at 11:55

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 at 11:55
For me it was midway between Coopers Creek and Windorah a few years ago. I blew "000" but certainly a wake up call.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 12:43

Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 12:43
Was in Birdsville a few years back, Baz, for a weekend of horse sports, Bronco Branding & Rodeo. So were the Traffic Branch from Mt Isa! :-)

Got tested on way out to the rodeo grounds, then retested on return to town, a few hours later. Shortly after this, got tested again, when heading for the grounds again. Don't recall how many times I had to blow in the machine over the weekend, but was zero each time.

Back when I was doing linehaul work out of Longreach, the Police Task Force used to occasionally(some would say regularly) block the road over the Thomson River, so ALL vehicles had to pass through their road block for testing. Returned to Longreach one morning about daylight, got the usual logbook & breath test, and carried on into town. Within an hour, I was in my ute, pulled up again & tested, on my way back home.

There's a lot to be said for being sober in a vehicle.

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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 at 09:09

Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 at 09:09
The Longreach ' road block' still happens on a regular basis usually twice per year during the season , Muttaburra residents know exactly when the blockade is 'on' due to the substantial increase of truck traffic through town .... as an aside , 57 speeding tickets issued in Illfracombe in the space of 3 hrs on the Monday prior to the Birdsville races , highest speed 87 in the 50 zone by a 'fool' in a Land cruiser towing a Bushtracker who 'just' missed out by a mouthful with a reading of .047 at 10am.......
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