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Be extra cautious on the roads over festive weekends: RTMC

Dec 12, 2016
Be extra cautious on the roads over festive weekends: RTMC

As South Africans get into the festive season, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has advised motorists to take extra precaution on the road, especially when travelling over weekends.

The RTMC on Sunday said the risk of being involved in car crashes increases when travelling over weekends and at night.

“An analysis of crashes shows that fatal road collisions are high on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The risks are highest between 5pm and 11pm,” it said.

The corporation is currently investigating three major crashes that claimed the lives of 16 people over the weekend in the Free State, Eastern Cape and Limpopo.

On Saturday morning, five people were killed when a minibus and another motor vehicle collided on the N2 between Tsolo and Umthatha in the Eastern Cape.

In Limpopo, six people died when two motor vehicles collided on the N1 Naboomspruit off-ramp on Saturday morning.

On Saturday night, five people were killed and 17 others injured when a minibus and a bus were involved in a crash on the N1 near Brandfort in the Free State.

“The exact cause of these crashes have not yet been determined, as investigations are still underway. The RTMC calls on motorists, who will be travelling to various destinations in the coming week, to choose their travelling time and days very carefully to avoid the risk of collisions,” said the RTMC.

Traffic volumes are expected to rise sharply as factories close and holiday makers make their journeys to their favourite destinations, while migrant workers will be going back home to spend the Christmas holidays with family and friends.

“Traffic law enforcement will be deployed on all busy routes and hazardous locations to minimise crashes and ensure compliance with the rules of the road,” the RTMC said.

– SAnews.gov.za