RTMC urges motorists to drive safely

The RTMC has renewed its plea with drivers to practice caution on the roads.

The RTMC has renewed its plea with drivers to practice caution on the roads. Picture: ER24

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Wednesday renewed its call for motorists that were returning from holidays to take responsibility for their safety and that of other road users.

Traffic volumes increased in the morning, with authorities expecting another peak in the afternoon as holidaymakers headed home.

The RTMC revealed in its preliminary statistics that more than 1,200 people were killed on the country's roads in December.

The corporation's spokesperson Ashref Ismail said, "We urge motorists to exercise extreme caution and to be patient, particularly at the toll gates because we are expecting more volumes there."

The RTMC said 18 people were killed in road accidents on New Year's Day alone.

BORDER POSTS BRACE FOR INFLUX

The Department of Home Affairs said it was confident that its systems would cope with the thousands of people that were due to make their way into the country through border posts.

The department said it extended its working hours and increased staff to deal with the influx.

It also urged to travellers to ensure their documents were in order before crossing the country's borders to make the processing of people and goods quicker.

Home Affairs Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan appealed travellers to be patient with staff.

"While we do expect an increase in volumes by the borders, we do think we will cope."