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Festive season draws to an end

Thousands of motorists are expected on major highways as the festive season ends.

Thousands of motorists are expected on major highways as the festive season ends. Picture: Jacob Moshokoa/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sunday marked the last day of the festive season traffic rush.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) pleaded with drivers to be careful as the arterial highways countrywide filled up.

The RTMC said major inter-provincial highways would be monitored heavily by police this weekend, in an attempt to curb the more than 1,300 deaths on the roads this festive season.

Thousands of commuters will be returning to their respective provinces for the reopening of schools next week.

The traffic corporation said it was worried the death toll could rise significantly this weekend.

The corporation's spokesperson Ashref Ismail said South Africans need to obey the rules of the road to avoid becoming statistics.

"Motorists must ensure that all passengers are buckled up, travel with your headlights on and observe the proper following distance."

Peak traffic is set to peak from the morning, with more than 2,000 vehicles per hour on the major arterial routes.

Ismail said South Africans have to be wary of their driving.

He said dozens of cases were reported in December of drivers not wearing their seatbelts, speeding and passing each other on highways on barrier lines.