Exclusive Look At Major Crash Unit As Police Plead For Drivers To Take Care Over Easter

Police are pleading with drivers to take extra care when they get behind the wheel, with the Easter long weekend one of the most dangerous of the year.

South Australia Police have launched their road safety campaign in light of a 2019 road toll which is almost double that of the same time last year.

"Let this Easter be memorable for the right reasons and not the wrong ones," SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said.

"Drive safe, follow the road laws, have a great time and get you and your family home safe."

This year's death toll on SA roads is almost double that of the same time last year. Photo: 10 News First

The message comes as a 21-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital, after crashing his car into a light pole on Main North Road at Elizabeth last night.

Already this year, 36 people have been killed on South Australian roads, compared with 22 at the same time last year.

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Amid a campaign to try to stop drivers being complacent about the most basic road safety steps, 10 News First has been given an exclusive insight into the confronting work of the police Major Crash Unit, as its officers hope for a fatality-free Easter long weekend.

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Sergeant Sheldon Lovell has been investigating road crashes for 15 years.

"I would love to not be required to knock on someone's door and tell a family member that their loved one is never coming home," he told 10 News First.

"Every single one of these crashes that we see could be prevented in some way."