Easter traffic volumes increasing

2012-04-09 13:00

Traffic is congested but flowing slowly on one of South Africa’s busiest Easter routes, between Limpopo and Gauteng.

The annual Easter celebration at Moria in Limpopo, which sees thousands travel to the area every year, has finished with Zionist pilgrims making their way home, spokesperson Joshua Kwapa said.

“The MEC for Roads and Traffic, Pitsi Moloto, is in a chopper moving along the most congested roads,” he said.

The worst affected routes were the N1 South and the R101 between Polokwane and Pretoria.

“Traffic is mostly made up of buses and small cars and is moving very slowly, which is making speeding impossible,” he said.

The Tshwane metro police confirmed that traffic volumes through Pretoria were increasing as the day wore on.

Spokesperson Console Tleane said police were stationed on all major routes and were monitoring entry points into the city.

Traffic coming into the city on the N4 from Mpumalanga was also very heavy.

“These are workers coming home from Mozambique and holiday-makers making their way back to Gauteng,” he said.

“We appeal to motorists to observe the speed limit,” he said.

Also critical is the need for rest as many would have already travelled long distances by the time they reach Tshwane.

In the Eastern Cape, 19 drunk drivers were arrested in the Butterworth area over the weekend, Captain Jackson Manatha said.

More arrests were expected and police and traffic police would be out in force.

“The heavy police presence means there were no reported serious accidents in the Butterworth district,” he said.

Meanwhile, Netcare911 paramedics were on standby across the country as high traffic volumes were expected.

Spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said medics and additional emergency resources were deployed to strategic locations along major routes to deal with accidents or other medical emergencies.

Since Friday Netcare911 paramedics attended to 251 motor accidents and 32 pedestrian-linked accidents.
“While the lion’s share of these accidents have been minor, several were fatal,” Wicks said.

“As holiday-makers take to the roads again to return home we urge them to be careful.”

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