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Traffic volumes down this Easter

Thousands of travellers are scheduled to start making their way home on Sunday.

Traffic on the N1 South. Picture: Jacob Moshokoa/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Drunk driving and excessive speeding are this weekend the reasons for most of the accidents that have occurred on the country's roads.

Since the start of the Easter holiday, at least 116 people have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and 16 others for breaking the speed limit.

Officials around the country have reported that traffic volumes on major routes have been less than expected this Easter.

Thousands of travellers are scheduled to start making their way home on Sunday.

"Particularly, with regards to alcohol, major alcohol enforcement blitzes will be taking place," said Road Traffic Management Corporation's (RTMC) Ashref Ismail.

"All of this in preparation for the return home journeys that will begin on Sunday afternoon and all of Monday."