Monday, 18 April 2022 10:42

Gauteng register 16 road fatalities over the Easter Weekend.

Staff Reporter.

The Gauteng traffic police have called upon motorists to comply with the rules of the road as the Easter weekend comes to an end. 

The preliminary statistics on the Easter season indicate that over 16 road fatalities have been recorded on Gauteng roads, of which 8 fatalities are pedestrians, says Sello Maremane, Gauteng traffic police spokesperson. 

The Gauteng traffic police have called upon motorists to comply with the rules of the road as the Easter weekend comes to an end.  

"Many motorists are expected to be driving back to Gauteng province following the long weekend. The province has recorded several crashes and fatalities since the beginning of the Easter Road Safety campaign last Thursday," says Maremane. 

He adds that road crashes leading to fatalities can largely be attributed to the attitude and behavior of road users. 

"Drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, speeding, unsafe overtaking, public transport overloading, and vehicle fitness are also some of the challenges that compound the situation on Gauteng roads."

"The Gauteng Traffic Police through its Road Safety Education unit will conduct activations in various corridors to encourage road users to use the road responsibly in order to prevent unnecessary road injuries and deaths resulting from road traffic crashes. The Gauteng Traffic Police will also be on high alert to deal decisively with road traffic violations," says Maremane.

Meanwhile Motorists have been urged to excercise cuation as they head home after the long weekend, especially those coming from the flood-ravaged KwaZulu-Natal. 

The N3 Toll Concessions' Thania Dhoogra, says northbound traffic volumes (towards Gauteng) are expected to increase from early Monday morning as road users start to make their way back home after the Easter long weekend. 

"Busy conditions are expected on the N3 Toll Route between 06h00 and 18h00, with traffic volumes likely to peak between 09h00 and 15h00,"she says.

"N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) warns motorists to be extra cautious and to make provision for wet weather conditions that are likely to continue, and which may cause traffic congestion and delays. Early morning fog and mist, resulting in poor visibility, may also be experienced along some parts of the route," she adds. 

She notes that emergency and law enforcement services will continue to be on high alert on Monday, and should it be necessary, the Roads Traffic Inspectorate may implement special traffic control measures to manage the flow of traffic and improve general safety along the route.