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Traffic heavy on all main routes

2012-04-09 18:47

Johannesburg - Drivers were becoming impatient and irritated on heavily congested roads across South Africa increasing the risk of accidents, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Monday.

"Drivers are tail-gating and that can be fatal," spokesperson Ashref Ismail.

"Be warned we have traffic police out in unmarked cars looking for people who are driving dangerously and we will take you off the road," he said.

Ismail said it felt as if "the whole of South Africa" was on the move and that everyone was anxious to get home in time for the re-opening of schools tomorrow.

Adding to the risk was looming rain in southern KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape.

"Drivers must keep at least a two second following distance from the car in front of theirs, this is to give you enough time to brake in an emergency." The roads under the most pressure on Monday afternoon were the N3 between Durban and Johannesburg, the N2 in and out of Cape Town over Sir Lowry's Pass and the N1 heading south between Polokwane and Pretoria.

The N1 between Bloemfontein and Johannesburg was not as busy but, further south, the N1 between Beaufort West and Cape Town was busy with empty returning mini-bus taxis. The N2 between East London and Kokstad remained one of the most dangerous routes in the country and he urged drivers to be very careful.

Ismail said that since the start of the Easter weekend more than 300 drunk drivers had been arrested, 200 drivers were arrested for negligent and reckless driving and 300 vehicles were impounded or permanently discontinued for being unroadworthy.

"Before permanently discontinuing a vehicle we look at basic safety features like the brakes, tyres and the steering. If it's dangerous the vehicle comes off the road," he said.

"Too often our country's most vulnerable people die in these cars and buses and we now have a zero tolerance for skorro-skorros," he said.

Ismail said the public could call 0861-400-800 to report dangerous driving.

Comments
  • themba.ntuli - 2012-04-09 19:03

    I Think The Authorities Must Invest And Attract Airtravel As An Alternative To Road Travel.i.e,budget Airlines Can Alleviate This And Ultrafast Luxury Bullet Train Like The One Currently Implemented In China.if South Africa Truelly Wants To Become A Better economic Powerhouse.she Must Develop Her Transport System First.

      Spyker - 2012-04-09 19:55

      This is the consequence of corruption and incompetence. If the billions lost in corruption and incompetence (each year) under the ANC regime, could rather have been invested in a modern road-, air, and rail network - as in Europe and the USA, then the holiday road carnage would never be. This is compounded by the fact that more than half of those on the roads should never even have received a driver's licence. No use employing Gestapo-like antics, on the citizenry, while the driver-licence system is fraught beyond measure. The people of SA will have to decide (very quickly at that), if they want a politically-obsessed regime that is living somewhere in some 'Struggle'-past, or a bona fide government that appoints the people who are most competent (irrespective of colour, etc) that will turn SA into a first-world country asap. If however people persist with the current politically-obsessed regime, be prepared for the CARnage on the roads to get worse, more so, for everything else to collapse with it.

      Toofaan - 2012-04-09 20:09

      Thank you people. Agree completely. We need a proper public transport system. We need cheaper air fare. How does Europe manage flying between countries at a fraction of our cost ? Another view (more local and will attract many thumbs up) however is that Gauteng ppl shud just stay in Gauteng!!! The same ppl keep telling KZN and Cape ppl about how great their place is but still come to the coast every Easter and Xmas and mess up the roads!!!

      Toofaan - 2012-04-09 20:10

      Thank you people. Agree completely. We need a proper public transport system. We need cheaper air fare. How does Europe manage flying between countries at a fraction of our cost ? Another view (more local and will attract many thumbs up) however is that Gauteng ppl shud just stay in Gauteng!!! The same ppl keep telling KZN and Cape ppl about how great their place is but still come to the coast every Easter and Xmas and mess up the roads!!!

      Toofaan - 2012-04-09 20:10

      Thank you people. Agree completely. We need a proper public transport system. We need cheaper air fare. How does Europe manage flying between countries at a fraction of our cost ? Another view (more local and will attract many thumbs up) however is that Gauteng ppl shud just stay in Gauteng!!! The same ppl keep telling KZN and Cape ppl about how great their place is but still come to the coast every Easter and Xmas and mess up the roads!!!

      Toofaan - 2012-04-09 20:11

      Thank you people. Agree completely. We need a proper public transport system. We need cheaper air fare. How does Europe manage flying between countries at a fraction of our cost ? Another view (more local and will attract many thumbs up) however is that Gauteng ppl shud just stay in Gauteng!!! The same ppl keep telling KZN and Cape ppl about how great their place is but still come to the coast every Easter and Xmas and mess up the roads!!!

      Toofaan - 2012-04-09 20:12

      Thank you people. Agree completely. We need a proper public transport system. We need cheaper air fare. How does Europe manage flying between countries at a fraction of our cost ? Another view (more local and will attract many thumbs up) however is that Gauteng ppl shud just stay in Gauteng!!! The same ppl keep telling KZN and Cape ppl about how great their place is but still come to the coast every Easter and Xmas and mess up the roads!!!

      Toofaan - 2012-04-09 20:16

      WTF - I did not post this comment 3 times over. Apologies people. The web-masters seem to be incompetent. Sorry to have wasted your time.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-09 20:29

      @Toofan, you can delete your own comments.

      Rodney - 2012-04-09 21:51

      Spyker while everything in your post is true, what you seem to forget is that the carnage on the roads over the Easter weekend has been a feature since at least the 1970's. I remember getting out of the car on the N1 to Durban on one occasion to play football because the traffic was parked up due to several accidents. We were there for over an hour.

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-09 19:23

    The 4hr drive from my hometown in the Eastern Cape to Durban turned into a 7hr drive due to the heavy traffic on the road, the fog and rain, add potholes all over the road. To everyone be patient and safe. www.spanela.wordpress.com

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-09 20:22

    And then to add to these woes there's the STOP/GOs on roads that, it seems, will never be completed...

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-09 20:27

      Ironically these are usually prefaced by signs that say "Roadworks ahead". Um, more like Road Doesn't Work :)

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-09 20:50

      Oh dear oh dear, the dreaded thumbs down. Apologies for a moment of levity. I find it helps to dilute road-rage. Apparently this does not work so well with thumb-rage :)

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-10 08:01

      I reckon these people work intentionally slowly such that as soon as that section is complete, another one will be needing attention.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-09 20:26

    Um, DOT, there are enough incidents of people being attacked by what look like real policemen. I for one would be very reluctant to pull over for an 'unmarked' car.

      Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-09 20:32

      Criminals often drive around in unmarked cars

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-09 20:38

      @Cassandra - they often drive around in other people's cars, with the owner in the boot!

      Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-09 22:00

      I read that story in today's newspaper its was quick thinking to use tweeter like that

  • Danie - 2012-04-09 21:11

    We use to drive on the left side of the road now we must drive on what is left of the road.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-09 21:22

      @Danie - Too true! Thanks for a good lag :)

  • Lynda - 2012-04-09 21:30

    ha ha why is this always a news item.........of course its heavy although with the price of fuel being what it is, a bit of a surprise I suuppose

  • ReportMe - 2012-04-10 10:13

    Report bad driving online: www.ReportMe.co.za to make our roads safe again.

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