Gauteng holiday exodus starts

2006-12-15 18:53
Johannesburg - All national roads leading out of Gauteng were experiencing heavy volumes of traffic, Arrive Alive said on Friday.

Department of transport spokesperson Collen Msibi urged motorists to be patient as they would be delayed by the traffic.

He warned that traffic offenders would be targeted by law enforcement authorities.

"Our officers would be on a lookout for unsafe and illegal overtaking across barrier lines or in the face of oncoming traffic, ignoring of red traffic lights and stop signs, and excessive speeding."

Vehicles would be checked for smooth tyres and defective brakes, defective steering mechanism, and malfunctioning lights.

Msibi advised drivers to stop every 200km to combat fatigue.

"This will improve your blood circulation and ability to concentrate," he said.

"Travel during the day, as it is risky to travel during the night. Be on the look out for pedestrians, especially when you pass through residential areas."

He said accidents were likely to occur between 18:00 and 05:00.


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