Expect congestion on the road as long weekend traffic returns to Gauteng
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.
#BloodyLongWeekend— GTP Gauteng Traffic Police (@GTP_Traffstats) September 26, 2021
Already GP has recorded more than 17 Fatalities (Friday Heritage day 2021 to 7am Sunday morning)
Details of 3 multiple Fatality crashes early Sunday yet to be confirmed
PLEASE BE A RESPONSIBLE ROAD USER
Road Safety is everyone's RESPONSIBILITY to @_ArriveAlive pic.twitter.com/iqxUwW7X6v
“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.
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