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GP police record increased traffic volume

Motorists are making their way home after the holiday season.

FILE: High volumes of traffic are expected along the N1, the N3 and N4. Picture: Sanral.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say they are currently recording high volumes of traffic at toll gates across the province as motorists make their back home after the holiday season.

High volumes of traffic are expected along the N1, the N3 and N4.

Officials say no accidents have been reported yet and have urged motorists to obey the rules of the road.

Around 137 deaths have been recorded on Gauteng roads since the beginning of December with more than 1,000 fatalities reported nationally.

Spokesperson Obed Sibasa says motorists can expect congestion on major routes.

"The N1 from Limpopo towards Gauteng, we are counting 2,080 motor vehicles per hour. The situation on the N4 is also busy, we are counting 1,200 vehicles per hour. The N3 has over 1,000 vehicles per hour."

Meanwhile, in the Western Cape, traffic officials are also readying themselves for an influx of returning holiday makers.

Authorities have been deployed along the major highways in a bid to curb road deaths as motorists return to their homes.

Three people have already died on the province's roads this weekend.

In a recent incident, a driver died after losing control of his vehicle in Riversdale.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says, "We also impounded five taxis, two in Caledon, one in Somerset West, one in George, another in Knysna. All over the show, we are experiencing these problems and our officers are geared for these types of offences."