Drivers urged: Be patient

2008-03-21 00:00

The Easter weekend has begun and traffic police and officials in Pietermaritzburg already have their hands full trying to patrol congestion.

Acting manager for public safety and security, Kenneth Chetty, yesterday urged motorists “to exercise tolerance and patience through this busy period”.

The weekend will see many festivals and functions happening and as a result the roads will be jam-packed.

The Easter soccer tournament kicks off today at the Northdale stadium and will continue throughout the weekend. There is also a Hindu fire-walking festival at the Siva Soobramoniar and Marriamen temples in Langalibalele Street.

Religious processions and marches will also be under way over the Easter weekend.

On the N3, traffic volumes peaked at almost 2 000 an hour yesterday afternoon.

Transport Department spokeswoman Zinhle Mngomezulu said volumes were on the rise on both carriageways.

“Between 1 700 and 1 800 vehicles were counted coming into KZN and between 1 300 and 1 400 going out of the province.” But she said no incidents or serious accidents were reported.

Mngomezulu said: “Our officers are out in full force, we will hold roadblocks through the Easter long weekend and beyond. Motorists should be warned not to drink and drive. Keep your headlights on and keep a safe following distance.

"Also drivers should inspect vehicles before taking a trip to make sure that the vehicle is roadworthy.” She also warned pedestrians to avoid the freeway.

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