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Expect congestion on the road as long weekend traffic returns to Gauteng

High traffic volumes are expected for the long weekend on the N3 between Gauteng and KZN
High traffic volumes are expected for the long weekend on the N3 between Gauteng and KZN
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Gauteng’s traffic police urged motorists to be considerate and obey the rules of the road as major routes leading to the province were expected to be heavily congested at the end of the long weekend on Sunday.

The long weekend in Gauteng was characterised by accidents leading to a number of  fatalities.

A  truck driver lost control of his vehicle on the N12 just after the Kliprivier off-ramp and five people lost their lives on Friday afternoon. In a separate incident on Saturday, a truck driver lost control of his vehicle on the R24 next to Magaliesburg and crashed into several vehicles, leaving one person critically injured. Three pedestrians lost their lives in separate accidents in the province over the long weekend.

Provincial traffic police said many of the accidents were related to road users not adhering to the rules and regulations of the road.

“The Gauteng Traffic Police would like to issue a stern warning to all road users who continue to disregard the rules of the road that lawlessness will not be tolerated. The law enforcement authorities will be out in full force to ensure compliance with road safety,” said spokesperson Sello Maremane.

“We call upon road users to adhere to the prescribed speed limits and to ensure that their vehicles are in good condition before embarking on a road trip. The Gauteng Traffic Police also urge road users to be considerate towards one another as they travel to their various destinations. This will ensure that we save the lives during this long weekend.”

Pedestrians were urged to cross the road only when it was safe, and to make use of controlled intersections such as traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

TimesLIVE


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