Holiday makers are being warned of regional road trauma statistics ahead of the long weekend.
Over the past five years, the March long weekend has seen six lives lost on South Australian roads, with five of those being on regional or rural roads.
Assistant Commissioner Ian Parrott said Operation Safe Long Weekend will run from Friday 5 March until Monday 8 March and will combine enforcement and education to deter drivers from making potentially catastrophic decisions on the roads.
"The effects of drink and drug driving, speeding, distraction, not wearing a seatbelt and dangerous driving are well documented. These five fatal behaviours have the ability to destroy lives, families and whole communities," AC Parrott said.
Road Safety Minister Vincent Tarzia said drivers should carefully plan their journey, take breaks every two hours and explore local towns along the way.
"Stopping for rest breaks is a great way to support our regional towns and to ensure drivers are revived and alert when taking long trips," Minister Tarzia said.
"Nearly every year for the past five years, someone has lost their life on our roads during the March long weekend - 83% of those have been on regional roads."
Assistant Commissioner Ian Parrott, Officer in Charge of SAPOL's State Operations Service