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“We would like to urge motorists to obey the rules of the road and keep Gauteng city region safe.”

The Gauteng traffic police have urged motorists to exercise caution on the roads as traffic volumes will start to increase during the upcoming weekend.

Major roads leading to and out of the province were expected to be heavily congested over the next few days as road users travelled to various destinations to spend time with their families and friends during the festive season.

Spokesperson Sello Maremane said the freeways which were expected to be busy from this weekend and beyond were:

– N1 Pretoria to Polokwane
– N4 Pretoria to Mpumalanga
– N4 Pretoria to Rustenburg
– N3 Johannesburg to Durban
– R59 Johannesburg to Sasolburg
– N17 Johannesburg to Mpumalanga
– N12 Johannesburg to Emalahleni
– N12 Johannesburg to Potchefstroom
– R21 Johannesburg to Pretoria
– R28 Krugersdorp to Pretoria

Maremane also called on motorists to obey the rules of the road and keep the province safe.

“We would like to urge motorists to obey the rules of the road and keep the Gauteng city region safe,” he said, adding that law enforcement authorities had observed many accidents as a result of non-compliance with the rules of the road.

Maremane also shared safety tips to enhance safety on the roads, not only for the festive season, but also beyond:

– Drivers must at all times adhere to the prescribed speed limit
– Passengers are encouraged not to carry large luggage with them which might overload the vehicles they will be travelling with
– All road users are advised not to consume alcohol when undertaking any trip
– Motorists must never overtake another vehicle when it is unsafe to do so or in contravention with any rule of the road
– Drivers are encouraged to rest every two hours of driving as fatigue may cause a crash
– When visibility is hampered or during heavy rainfall, motorists are encouraged to switch on their head lights
– Pedestrians must never walk on freeways
– Pedestrians must not wear earphones while walking
– Motorcyclists must always wear helmets and refrain from overtaking other vehicles while it is unsafe to do so
– Reckless and negligent driving must always be avoided

He also urged motorists and other road users to comply with Covid-19 regulations as they travelled to their various destinations.

“We appeal to motorists to always adhere to the Covid-19 health protocols – wear a mask, practice social distancing and sanitise at all times,” Maremane said, adding that the GTP would continue to enforce compliance with road safety rules and regulations during the festive season and beyond.

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Article Credit to Pretoria Record.