NATIONAL NEWS - Gauteng Traffic Police urge motorists to exercise extreme caution as many people are expected to return to their working environments.
Many major roads are expected to be heavily congested as holiday makers are also expected to return to the province.
Sello Maremane, Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson, said that major routes leading into Gauteng are expected to be very busy in the next few days.
“Motorists are advised to adhere to the prescribed speed limits and ensure their vehicles are roadworthy upon embarking on long-distance trips. We also plead with them to rest every two hours interval in order to avoid fatigue,” he said.
Maremane also urged pedestrians to cross the roads only when it is safe to do so and avoid jay-walking at all costs.
He also warned commuters against urging drivers, particularly public transport operators, to speed on the pretext of late arrival.
“Many road fatalities experienced this festive season have been attributed to excessive speeding, unsafe overtaking, reckless and negligent driving. They were also caused by motorists driving under the influence of alcohol,” said Maremane.
Gauteng Traffic Police have also seen high volumes of fatal crashes, especially pedestrian crashes which occur at night.
He assured they will continue to be on high alert and anyone seen driving after the 9pm curfew will be arrested on the spot.
Routes said to be busy include:
• The N1 freeway Polokwane to Pretoria
• The N1 freeway from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg
• The N4 freeway from Emalahleni to Pretoria
• The N4 freeway from Rustenburg to Pretoria
• The N3 freeway from Durban to Johannesburg
• The N12 freeway from Potchefstroom to Johannesburg