Road safety tips for the Durban July

Picture: Alaister Russell

Picture: Alaister Russell

As has been the case over the years, various highways are expected to get busy this weekend as all roads will lead to the Durban July horse raising event on Saturday.

The N1, N3, N4 and N12 to Durban are expected to be extremely busy today as well as on Sunday from Durban, according to Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson Obed Sibasa.

He urged road users to respect all road rules.

“We are also urging road users, particularly drivers, to drive with headlights on during the day, to increase visibility, to buckle up, including children and take regular rest breaks every two hours.

“Those found driving under the influence of alcohol, and speeding, will be arrested immediately,” Sibasa said.

Motorists are also advised to be aware of heavy mist on the N3 at Van reenen pass and also on the N4/N12 interchange at highveld region/Mpumalanga.

Other safety hazards road users should keep an eye out on, include:

*The N3 highway is a hotspot for truck hijackings, but drivers must expect to be stopped and searched along that stretch of the highway.

*Drunk Pedestrians.

*Pedestrians walking along or crossing freeways.

Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Willies Mchunu, also called for extra caution to all visitors who will be attending tomorrow’s (Sat) horse-racing and fashion spectacle.

“The integrated law enforcement team involving the department’s Road Traffic Inspectorate, the eThekwini Metro Police and SAPS will be on hand to deal with errant road traffic behaviour.

“I wish to emphasise that all road users including motorists, bikers, cyclists and pedestrians, should exercise caution and strictly respect road traffic rules to ensure that we prevent accidents,” Mchunu said.

Last year, more than 27 000 vehicles passed through the national toll plazas, and about the same are expected for this year’s event.


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