Officials urge motorists to travel safely
Traffic officials have asked the public to exercise extreme caution while travelling this festive season.
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Health authorities confirmed a teenage boy passed away in hospital after he was injured in an accident outside Beaufort West on Saturday.
Authorities confirmed that the 12-year-old boy died in hospital after the car he was travelling in rolled on the N1 outside Beaufort West on Saturday. Three others were injured in the accident.
Officials also confirmed that there have been a few accidents on the four major routes leading to the Central Karoo town this long weekend.
On the N1 near Three Sisters scores of cars have been spotted making their way to Beaufort West and the bumper to bumper traffic throughout the day saw about 240 vehicles passing through Beaufort West every hour.
Just outside the town forensic pathology officials handed out road safety pamphlets to motorists as they set off on their holidays.
Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Afrika also warned motorists going on long distance trips over the festive season to take regular breaks.
He confirmed that dozens of cars are leaving and entering the province.
“Our roads have been very busy since early this morning with people leaving Cape Town to the different provinces and visitors from other provinces coming into Cape Town.”
The Road Traffic Management Cooperation (RTMC) continued to urge motorists to be vigilant as traffic volumes increased.
17 people were killed on Gauteng and North West roads in 24 hours.
The RTMC’s Ashraf Ismael said drivers should be patient on the road.
“We want to appeal to all road users to exercise extreme caution.
“To be polite, to be patient and be prepared at all times.”
Every hour, at least 1,800 cars passed through the De Hoek toll plaza on the N2 highway on Saturday, en route to their destinations in KwaZulu-Natal.
The Gauteng Traffic Police Department's Obed Sibasa said major routes on the province's freeways and highways are busy.
“We anticipate busy conditions on the roads and urge drivers to take it easy.”