The Gauteng Traffic Police call upon drivers to exercise caution and to be vigilant on the roads as traffic volumes are expected to increase leading to the Easter weekend.
Road users are expected to travel to spend time with their families and friends during this time.
Major roads exiting and leading to Gauteng province are expected to be heavily congested starting from Thursday, 01st until Monday, 05th April 2021.
The following freeways and routes are expected to be busy this Easter season.
- The N3 Johannesburg to Durban
- The N12 Johannesburg to Potchefstroom
- The N1 Pretoria to Polokwane
- The N4 Pretoria to Rustenburg
- The N4 Pretoria to Mpumalanga
Some of the major contributors to road fatalities include the following and should be avoided at all times:
- Unsafe overtaking and lane changing
- Reckless and Negligent driving
- The use of cellphones while driving
- Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor
- Travelling at a speed in excess of the prescribed speed limits
- Pedestrians loitering on our freeways
The following safety tips are thus offered to our road users ahead of the Easter season period.
- Drivers must ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy before undertaking any trip
- Passengers must not carry large luggages with them which might overload public vehicles
- Pedestrians must cross the road only when it is safe to do so
- Motor cyclists must avoid overtaking vehicles when it is unsafe to do so
“The Gauteng Traffic Police will be on high alert during this Easter season period in order to save the lives of road users and will lead a series of road safety activations and operations in various crime hotspots as part of the Easter Season Road Safety programme,” said Sello Maremane, Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson.
“The law enforcement authorities would also like to appeal to road users to exercise caution especially during this busy period characterized by high traffic volumes often resulting in many fatal crashes. The Gauteng Traffic Police advise road users to always adhere to the Covid-19 health protocols by wearing masks, practice social distancing and sanitizing or washing hands at all times,” added Sello Maremane.