Heavy traffic flow expected for New Year’s

FILE PICTURE: Traffic congestion on the N1 north on 12 November 2014.  Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

FILE PICTURE: Traffic congestion on the N1 north on 12 November 2014. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said it expected an increase in the flow of traffic on the country’s roads from today, ahead of New Year celebrations on Thursday.

CEO of the RTMC Makhosini Msibi said there was set to be a two-way traffic flow as some made their way to holiday destinations, while others returned home.

A number of road fatalities have been reported on several roads since the start of the festive season – and when asked what the latest statistics suggested, Msibi said they were still collecting the figures. “We will release them early this week.”

He said inclement weather also contributed to road crashes, besides disobeying road rules, fatique and unroadworthy vehicles.

In KwaZulu-Natal, more than 26 537 written charges were issued to motorists caught violating traffic regulations.

According to transport and community safety MEC Willies Mchunu, the alarming figures were a clear indication people continued to disregard traffic laws and drove recklessly.

“Most of these written charges emanate from excessive speeding, use of unroadworthy vehicles, failure to fasten seatbelts and driving without a licence,” Mchunu said.

“Beyond this, more than 178 motorists have been arrested in KZN for drinking and driving since the start of the festive season’s enforcement operations.”

Preliminary reports indicated about 191 people had to date been killed in more than 165 crashes in the province since the start of the month.

Altogether 121 fatalities were recorded in Gauteng, between December 1 and 21.

Last week, the department of transport said between December 1 and 23, the road statistics suggested passengers were mostly affected by accidents, followed by pedestrians.


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