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Traffic authorities buckle down as Christmas approaches

With three days to Christmas, authorities have urged motorists to obey the rules of the road.

Traffic Officer who forms part of the Ghost Squad writing out a ticket in Cape Town.

JOHANNESBURG - With three days to go until Christmas, traffic volumes on major routes are expected to increase and officials have appealed to motorists to obey the rules of the road.

Police are expected to set up 24-hour roadblocks across the country, conducting random search and seize operations.

At least 150 police and traffic officers are expected to man roadblocks across the country this festive season.

Last month National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega decided no officers would be granted leave over the holiday period, in an effort to combat crime and to ensure there's enough manpower on the ground.

Johannesburg Metro Police's Edna Mamonyane says the officers will be making sure all road users are safe.

"Even if you think we don't see you, we see you, because we have officers that are out there making sure that everyone is safe."

In Gauteng, more than 200 drunk drivers have been arrested since the beginning of the festive period.