A month-long, high-visibility road safety enforcement operation by South Australia Police began last Friday.
The state-wide campaign, called Operation Home Safe, has a strong focus on offences linked with the fatal five - the factors directly linked with fatal and serious road crashes - in the wake of the state's rising road toll.
Inspector Damien Epps, the acting Officer in Charge of the Traffic Support Branch said road crashes cause grief, suffering and loss to not only the immediate family and friends of the victims, but to the entire community.
As of last Friday, there have been 59 people killed in crashes on South Australia's roads compared with 38 at the same time last year.
"Every road crash is avoidable and the smallest of mistakes or indiscretions can cause loss of life or serious injury," he said.
"Police have a vital role to play in driver education and ensuring all road users understand their responsibilities.
"Every time a police officer has contact with a road user it can influence future behaviour and that is a role and responsibility we take very seriously.
"Operation Home Safe aims to enforce road safety legislation, educate road users, and increase driver awareness of road trauma and the impact that serious and fatal crashes have on families and communities."
Inspector Epps said this operation is critical to ensuring that the all road users are clearly aware of their part in responsible and safe road use.
"We want to make sure drivers, motorbike riders, cyclists and pedestrians all think about their behaviour and how it impacts other road users," he said.
Operation Home Safe will see police conducting mobile and static driver testing, along with targeted traffic stops in every District and Local Service Area.
All operational personnel have been directed to pay attention to key arterial roads and regional highways.
Inspector Epps said of the deaths so far this year, about two-thirds have occurred in regional areas with the majority of those crashes (about 60 per cent) involving regional people, with the crash occurring within 50km of their home address.
P-plater caught speeding
A P-plater has been detected driving 35 kilometres over the speed limit in Pimba.
Just after 3.30pm on Sunday, June 30, police were conducting speed detection duties in a 110 kmh zone on the Stuart Highway at Pimba when they detected a vehicle travelling at 145 kmh.
The driver, a 28-year-old man from Pimba, who holds a P2 license, was issued a expiation for exceeding the signed speed limit and breaching his license conditions.
Drink-driver caught in Roxby
A man has lost his licence on the spot for six months after being caught drink driving.
At about 1.30am on Sunday, June 30, patrols stopped a man driving a Toyota utility on Aquila Boulevard, Roxby Downs. He submitted to a breath test and returned a positive reading of 0.149. He was issued with a six month instant loss of licence and his vehicle was impounded for 28 days
The 28-year-old man from Roxby Downs was reported for drink driving and will be summonsed to appear in the Roxby Downs Magistrates Court at a later date