Holiday rush starts

2006-12-15 11:37
Durban - The holiday rush for the KwaZulu-Natal coast has started with the province's Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) reporting that nearly 1000 cars an hour were passing through the De Hoek toll plaza on the N3 in the Free State.

RTI spokesperson Rajen Chinaboo said that at 07:00 on Friday morning 924 cars an hour were reported heading south bound at the De Hoek Plaza. He said the rate was expected to increase and warned motorists that the weather in KwaZulu-Natal was expected to deteriorate.

There are normally only between 200 and 300 vehicles going through the toll plaza per hour in both directions.

"We again ask motorists to drive carefully. And to drop their speeds to 20 kilometres below the speed limit and double their following distance in bad weather," Chinaboo said.

He said that there had so far been no major accidents, but three trucks in the province had "rolled". There were no serious injuries in the three incidents.

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