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Gauteng, WC expecting high traffic volumes

Officials in the WC & Gauteng are urging motorists to drive safely this festive season.

Traffic officials in the W.Cape and Gauteng are urging motorists to drive safely this festive season. Picture: Sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng traffic police on Saturday said major routes across the province were already busy after a number of people made their way to their holiday destinations.

Around 1,800 cars made their way past the De Hoek Toll Plaza every hour as holidaymakers made their way to KwaZulu-Natal.

Traffic police spokesperson Obed Sibasa said, "We are anticipating busy conditions on the N1 north to Polokwane and N1 south towards Cape Town."

He urged motorists to drive safely.

In the Western Cape, provincial traffic authorities say they are determined to keep drunk drivers off the roads this festive season.

Several roadblocks will be held on key routes across the province over the next few weeks.

Around 15 people have been arrested for drunk driving since the start of the long weekend.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa there has been a 30 percent increase in the December death toll rate.

To date, more than 60 road fatalities have been recorded since December 1.

Africa says they are adopting a "no-nonsense" approach to speeding.

"Those who intend taking chances will be arrested. This is a serious warning to everyone."

Africa also took the time to thank some motorists.

"I would like to congratulate [those] who are heeding our calls not to endanger [the lives of] other motorists."