Easter traffic set to peak later today
Heavy traffic is expected across the country on the final day of the Easter long weekend.
JOHANNESBURG - Traffic volumes will peak on the country's roads in the next few hours as tens of thousands of motorists head home after the Easter weekend.
Authorities will be stationed on all major routes around the country today, with heavy traffic expected on the final day of the Easter long weekend.
About 300 people were killed over the 2015 Easter period.
Traffic officials have had their hands full this weekend trying to reduce the number of fatalities compared to last year.
The Western Cape traffic department's Kenny Africa says they have seen a change in behaviour on the roads this year.
"We have had five fatalities reported since the beginning of the Easter weekend. The latest one was early this morning where a pedestrian was knocked down by a motor vehicle. We would really like to thank our motorists for excellent behaviour on our roads," says Africa.
Meanwhile, hundreds of motorists have been arrested across the country for speeding and drinking and driving.
Traffic police are warning anyone caught driving under the influence will be handcuffed on the spot.
In the latest incident, a motorist has been arrested for being eight times over the legal limit in the Carletonville area in Gauteng.
Traffic department spokesperson Obed Sibasa says several motorists have already been arrested for speeding and drunk driving.
"A number of people were arrested yesterday for speeding, the highest yesterday was 193km/h on a 120km/h zone in Pretoria. A number of other people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and the highest recorded driver was more than eight times above the limit."
Authorities expect bumper-to-bumper traffic on the highway's leading into Cape Town, Gauteng and Durban later this afternoon.