Motorists making their approach to Gauteng have been urged to drive with excessive warning, as visitors volumes choose up as holidaymakers return from the Easter break.
Just over 15 street fatalities have been recorded in Gauteng because the starting of the Easter street security marketing campaign final week.
“As the Easter weekend attracts to an in depth, excessive visitors volumes are anticipated this afternoon till late at night time as lots of people can be driving again to Gauteng.
“The preliminary statistics on the Easter season indicate that over 16 road fatalities have been recorded on Gauteng roads, of which eight fatalities are pedestrians,” Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson, Sello Maremane stated in a assertion.
Maremane stated street accidents, which led to the fatalities, was largely attributed to the angle and behavior of street customers.
“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.”
He added that Gauteng Traffic Police will even be on excessive alert to deal decisively with street visitors violations.
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Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson, Xolani Fihla, advised eNCA that 86 motorists have since been arrested for drunk driving.
Fihla additionally warned motorists to drive with warning and be alert always with the rains anticipated later within the day.
“For motorists, just remember to cut back your automobile pace and preserve a secure distance. When the climate does get a bit unfavourable and will get darkish… please change in your headlights for higher visibility.
“Also they must avoid extremely flooded roads and low-lying bridges,” he stated.
Eleven fatalities have been recorded within the Western Cape, whereas there have been additionally seven deaths confirmed in Limpopo and 4 in Mpumalanga.
This brings the overall numbers of deaths to 38, along with the fatalities recorded in Gauteng.
According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), most crashes occurred within the early hours of the morning or throughout the night time.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula final Tuesday launched the Easter street security marketing campaign, indicating that street deaths have been on an upward trajectory this yr.
Mbalula stated 1,823 individuals misplaced their lives on the roads in January and February, up from the 1,521 fatalities in the identical interval final yr.
At the identical time, the minister stated the busiest routes throughout Easter have been the N1 from Gauteng to Limpopo, the N3 from Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal, the N2 from the Western Cape to Eastern Cape, the N14 to from Gauteng to the North West and the N12.
The Easter 2021 street statistics recorded 189 crashes and 235 fatalities nationwide between 2 and 5 April.