Traffic volumes expected to increase

The N1, N3 and N14 are some of the routes that have been identified as high traffic areas.

FILE: Traffic volumes are expected to increase today as holidaymakers head home. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Traffic volumes on South Africa's national roads are expected to increase on Monday as some holidaymakers head home.

The N1, N3 and N14 are some of the routes that have been identified as high traffic areas.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says volumes will also increase on smaller alternative routes as motorists try to avoid police on national routes.

Drivers are advised to take caution as a high number of heavy goods vehicles will also be on the roads.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transport says pedestrians account for at least 40 percent of fatalities on the country's roads every year.

It called on pedestrians not to drink and walk.

Acting Minister Ben Martins says drinking and walking is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.

"We urge pedestrians to walk on clearly demarcated walkways but more importantly, to ensure that they do not walk under the influence of drugs or alcohol."

Over 850 people have been killed on the country's roads since 1 December.