Gautenge motorists urged to drive with care as road deaths increase

Gauteng motorists urged to drive with care as road deaths increase

The Gauteng Traffic Police have urged motorists to exercise caution following several accidents that led to the majority of fatalities during the festive season.

Gauteng Traffic Police
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Traffic volumes are expected to increase on the major roads as a lot of people are expected to return to Gauteng following the festive season holidays. 

"Among the fatal accidents that occurred was on New Year’s Eve where two people were killed on the N1 Polokwane next to Murray Hill off-ramp," says spokesperson Sello Maremane.

"Preliminary information indicates that three vehicles - a truck, and two sedans - were involved.

"It is alleged that the truck had a tyre burst and, in the process, dragged the two light vehicles off the road. 

Maremane says there were several other reported incidents of vehicles colliding and veering off the road

"Gauteng has recorded over 200 road fatalities since the start of the festive season," says Maremane.

"Our observation is that a lot of these accidents occurred as a result of non-compliance with the rules of the road. 

"As we approach the last days of the Festive season, I would like to urge motorists to exercise the necessary caution by obeying the rules and regulations of the road.  

"I would also like to encourage drivers and passengers to wear seat belts at all times to ensure safety on the roads, take rest at two-hour intervals, slow down in urban areas where there are usually high traffic volumes, avoid unnecessary overtaking, overloading, and excessive speeding."


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