Motorists need to gear up for huge traffic influx

2013-12-18 00:00

WITH more than 3 000 vehicles travelling in and out of Durban yesterday alone, motorists will have to gear up and be on high alert when a massive traffic influx hits the city in the next few weeks, said Zinhle Mngomezulu from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport.

“From Friday the 13th, Durban has experienced a high volume of traffic on the roads — especially the N2 and N3. The traffic proceeding towards Durban increased through the Mariannhill Toll Plaza.”

“Tugela, Mooi River as well as Mariannhill were the busiest over the past weekend,” she said.

According to Mngomezulu, the influx was due to holiday makers travelling to various destinations in Durban. “Motorists should know that road safety is a shared responsibility; we need to work together as a team to make sure that our roads are safe. Things like driving under the influence of alcohol should not happen; motorists should take full responsibility by ensuring that they comply with all the traffic rules or rules of the road.”

Robert McKenzie, spokesperson for the KZN Emergency Services, said 11 people died in seven accidents this past weekend.

“Car accidents are a major concern during this busy period but we have also had many pedestrian fatalities. The recent recorded pedestrian fatality was on Saturday where a pedestrian was hit by a car at the Jozini Lemombo Lodge”, said McKenzie.

“This is a serious problem during the festive season and people should be on the look-out for pedestrians mostly at night and weekends, when pedestrian fatalities are most likely to occur.”

Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi said, “During the long weekend, we had made 84 arrests on Durban roads and issued just over R27 000 worth of fines.”

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