Heavy traffic on holiday highways

2012-12-07 00:00

FOR those expecting to be on the roads this weekend, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has warned of heavy traffic volumes expected along arterial routes.

This comes after the closure of inland and coastal schools today.

Among the corridors expected to carry heavier than usual traffic volumes are:

• N3 south: Johannesburg to Durban

• N1 north: Pretoria to Polokwane and onwards to Beitbridge

• N4 east: Pretoria — Nelspruit — Komatipoort

• N4 west: Pretoria — Rustenburg — Mahekeng

• N1 south: Johannesburg — Bloemfontein (Mangaung) — Cape Town

•N2 north: Durban — Stanger

• N2 north: Mthatha — Kokstad

• N2 east: Cape Town — Garden Route

• N2 south: Mthatha — East London

• K573: Kwamhlanga — Siyabuswa (Moloto) Road

• N6: Bloemfontein — Aliwal North.

Motorists are urged to exercise patience at traffic operations and construction sites.

National, provincial and municipal traffic authorities around the country will be on high alert for any dangerous driving, drunken driving, vehicle defects and overloading.

“No mercy will be shown to motorists who drive recklessly and/or negligently or while drunk. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and we need to share the public space in harmony,” said the acting CEO of the RTMC, Collins Letsoalo.

He urged motorists to buckle up and drive with their headlamps on during the day.

A special warning was given to drivers to look out for pedestrians, especially near settlements and in urban areas. Pedestrians were warned not to jaywalk and to wear clothes that make them visible at night.

The MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, made a strong appeal to traffic officers to redouble their efforts during the holiday season, and urged them not to accept bribes from offenders.

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