Over 150 people have died on the country’s road since the beginning of the Easter holiday. In the latest horror accident eight people were killed in a collision involving two vehicles on the N9 outside Rouxville in the Free State.
The Department of Transport’s Logan Maistry says law enforcement officials deployed across the country have fined thousands of motorists for various traffic violations with more than 250 arrests for offences including drinking and driving, reckless and negligent driving.
Maistry says traffic volumes are expected to peak on particularly the N1 south from Polokwane to Pretoria, the N4 West from Nelspruit to Pretoria as well as the N3e from Durban to Johannesburg.
Roads are also expected to be busy on Wednesday – Freedom Day – as well as during the coming long weekend on Workers Day and the Public Holiday on Monday.
Meanwhile, hiking spots along the N1 in Limpopo are starting to experience high volumes of hitchhikers seeking transport to various destinations. Traffic between Musina and Polokwane is also picking up.
Toll plazas along one of the country’s busiest routes are also experiencing high volumes traffic heading south. Some hitch-hikers say they prefer hitch hiking instead of taxis at the ranks. They say hitch hiking is faster public transport. Taxis and busses are some of the most vehicles seen on the road heading south.
[Info from SABCnews.com]