Heavy traffic on all roads

2012-01-02 16:19

Johannesburg - Roads to Gauteng are experiencing extremely heavy traffic as holiday makers return home after the festive season, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Monday.

"Twenty-six thousand cars an hour are passing through the N3 Mooi River toll plaza going north to Johannesburg from Durban today, with a peak of 2633 cars after noon," spokesperson Ashref Ismail said

On the N1 south, 1 700 cars were passing through the Kranskop toll plaza between Polokwane and Pretoria every hour, while 1 000 cars were passing through the Verkeerdevlei toll plaza on the N1 north to Johannesburg in the Free State. "We want to appeal to road users to please exercise extreme caution and to observe the rules of the road.

"It has been reported to the Road Traffic Management Corporation that following distances on the roads are not what they should be. We appeal to motorists to not drive on the back of vehicles in front of you, as this can cause accidents and road rage," he said.

"If you are travelling long distances, take a break every 200km or two hours."

He said traffic officials were exercising a zero tolerance approach to drivers and vehicles that could potentially cause harm to other road users.

"Traffic enforcement will be conducting high visibility patrols around the clock and dangerous drivers will be removed from the road as will unroadworthy vehicles."

Ismail cautioned those towing caravans and trailers to monitor tyre pressure for both the vehicle and what was being towed to ensure tyres didn't burst while in transit.

The RTMC's preliminary figure for road deaths during the festive season was just over 1100.

  • Sean Clarence - 2012-01-02 16:26

    26000 cars an hour with a record of 2633..makes sense to me!

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-02 16:36

      Must have gone to public school.

      Riaan - 2012-01-02 16:40

      It's probably 2600.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 16:42

      Not again. Don't you guys at News 24 get it? Articles need to be proofread and checked for accuracy.

      Azande - 2012-01-02 17:58

      given that there are 3600 seconds in an hour. 26000 makes it 7 cars a second. Sense??????

      Morakane - 2012-01-02 18:58

      Shabby reporting once again from News24. They should seriously put names on articles, that way reporters will take pride in their work, and actually PROOFREAD.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-02 16:34

    "Twenty-six thousand cars an hour are passing through the N3 Mooi River toll plaza...."!! That is a little over 7 cars per second????? Think of the possible following distance or the speed these cars must be travelling!!! Or did somebody loose count :-))

      Leon - 2012-01-02 17:07

      Nope, it is 14 seconds as it is a dual carriageway

      Gavin - 2012-01-02 17:32

      It is actually 14.44 and with 6 lanes for toll collections, that is 2.41 per second being dealt with by each toll collector, that is mighty fast,

      Azande - 2012-01-02 18:01

      @Gavin, that's way fast. consider time taken between each car.

      Nick - 2012-01-03 09:54

      Heh heh .... love this !!

  • Anthony - 2012-01-02 16:35

    safe driving everone.

  • louise.sparey.plotz - 2012-01-02 16:36

    As usual news 24 makes no sense at all...

      Morakane - 2012-01-02 19:02

      Especially when it comes to reports dealing with statistics. Remember what a muck-up they made reporting the number of homes visited during the census? Simple arithmetic is just beyond the reporters at News24.SMH

  • Settie Zuweni - 2012-01-02 16:36

    26000/hr is not practicable, that would mean an average of 430 cars/minute are passing through the toll gate. Go back to basic mathematics!!!!

  • Hamer - 2012-01-02 16:36

    Yup...made me ponder how many cars that would be a second??? Answer: 7.22 cars per second. AMAZING-welldone guys!!!

  • Smanga Zwane - 2012-01-02 16:45

    Made it from Durban to Centurion about an hour ago! Left early... There won't be any problems if people drive safely!!! but that's too much to ask of South Africans!

      Smanga Zwane - 2012-01-02 21:19

      Plenty... Including saps...

      jogesig - 2012-01-02 23:26

      Left from Durban to Centurion and arrived about 17:00 today. Saw the odd police vehicle but never anyone pulled over.

  • Warren - 2012-01-02 16:46

    I think it is 2600 cars an hour, error of paralax.

      Leon - 2012-01-02 17:08

      No, error of pathetic editing

  • AndrĂ© - 2012-01-02 17:39

    Wow, and all travelling NORTH?

  • Kerneels - 2012-01-02 18:28

    Twenty-six thousand cars - quality control on journalists are needed!!!

  • Irene - 2012-01-02 19:32

    The spokesperson forget to add that all motorists should stay clear of ALL TAXIS. If you see one, pull over and wait until it's gone past. If it doesn't crash into you, it'll most certainly be the cause of the accident in front of you.

  • Gail - 2012-01-03 10:38

    AHH SHAME - the staff at Mooi River Toll will have to have bed rest for the next six months if they are working so hard. Eish.

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