Traffic officers out in full force this Easter

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pretoria - Traffic officers countrywide are out in full force this Easter weekend to ensure motorists drive safely and follow all road regulations.

Traffic volume is expected to pick-up from Thursday especially on the N1 towards Polokwane, Moria, and Beit Bridge border as well as on the N3 towards Durban during the Easter weekend.
Several provinces have already launched their Arrive Alive Road Safety Campaigns to ensure road safety ahead of the weekend.

Arrive Alive has also issued some road safety tips to motorists who will be traveling long distances.

According to Arrive Alive, drivers should obey the rules of the road and carry their drivers' license as well as plan their holiday route in advance to ensure that ample time is allocated for stops on the way to their destinations.

Motorists should also make sure that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition before departure. Car lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults before departure.

Motorists are also urged against overloading and drinking driving. Safety breaks every two hours or 200km are encouraged and motorists should avoid driving after dark if possible.

A two second following distance in foggy or rainy conditions is also recommended.

Drivers are also advised to dip their headlights well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam, always wear a seat-belt and check to see that everyone in the car are wearing theirs.

Meanwhile, the South African National Roads Agency Limited has warned motorists of delays on some of the national routes.

On the N1, motorists can expect delays from Misgund (Soweto) to Buccleuch due to the construction of six lanes and upgrade interchanges.

>From Buccleuch to Brakfontein Interchange, roadworkers will be busy constructing six lanes and upgrading interchanges, while further delays should be expected from Brakfontein to N4 interchange.

Delays can also be expected from Pretoria (N4 Interchange) to Bela Bela (Warmbaths) (Plantinum Toll highway), six-lane dual carriageway freeway from Pretoria (Proefplaas Interchange) to Zambesi interchange changing into four-lane dual carriageway freeway to Bela Bela.

On the N3 motorists can expect delays from Cedara to Heidelberg and isolated shoulder and carriageway repairs will be taking place between Estcourt South and Frere interchange.

Concrete repair works will also be taking place between the Frere interchange and the Thukela Toll Plaza as well as Toll Plaza expansion works on southbound carriageway at De Hoek.

On the N4, delays can be expected from Hans Strydom Interchange to Mozambique due to the rehabilitation and improvement project underway between Wonderfontein and Belfast.

N1 towards Limpopo is expected to be one of the busiest routes followed by the N3 towards Durban and the N4 towards Mpumalanga.

According to South African Weather Services there is no rain predicted from the 8-14 April, however all motorists are warned to drive carefully, if weather conditions changes.

Motorists are also advised to report bad drivers to 0861 400 800.