Don’t become a road statistic, warns RTMC

The RTMC says drivers must be vigilant this weekend as traffic volumes are expected to increase.

The RTMC has urged all South Africans to obey the rules of the road to avoid becoming statistics. Picture: Melvyn Boiskin/iWitness

JOHANNESBURG - After almost 1, 300 deaths on national roads this festive season, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Friday said drivers must be vigilant this weekend.

Thousands of commuters will be returning to their respective provinces for the reopening of schools next week, and the RTMC said it was worried the death toll could rise significantly.

The corporation's spokesman, Ashref Ismail, said there would be a larger police presence on all the major inter-provincial highways.

"There will be increased visibility along these ulterior routes, with specific focus on moving violations, excessive speeding and dangerous overtaking.

"Officers will be in both marked and unmarked vehicles."

Ismail said while many motorists blamed taxi drivers for accidents on the roads, all types of vehicles were responsible for the accidents that had claimed the lives of almost 1, 300 people since the beginning of December.

He urged all South Africans to obey the rules of the road to avoid becoming statistics.