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Road users urged to be vigilant

This is as thousands of people are returning home after the festive season.

FILE: High volumes of traffic are being reported on the N1, N3 and N4 as thousands of motorists are making their way back home after the festive season. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Community Safety says motorists need to be vigilant on the roads this weekend as thousands of people return home after the festive season.

The department says the N3 northbound from KwaZulu Natal to Gauteng is seeing more than 1,500 vehicles near the Heidelberg toll plaza per hour.

Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson Obed Sibasa says the N1 between Polokwane and Pretoria is also experiencing heavy traffic volumes with more than 1,000 vehicles being counted hourly.

On the N1 between Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, more than 800 vehicles are driving past the Grasmere toll plaza every hour.

Sibasa says motorists should exercise caution.

"Traffic is very heavy. On the N4 entrance westbound from Mpumalanga, 1,400 vehicles are registered every hour. We urge drivers to please take charge. Be a responsible road user.

"Do not speed, do not drink and drive and all in the motor vehicle must put on their seatbelts. We also urge drivers to please look out for pedestrians."