JMPD on high alert as Gauteng motorists head home

More than 1,100 people have died on SA roads since the start of the festive season.

Traffic volumes on Gauteng's roads are set to rise as residents return home after the festive season. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Metro police officials say they will be on high alert today as Gauteng motorists make their way back to the province after the festive season.

Recent statistics released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation have recorded more than 1,100 deaths on the country's roads since the beginning of the festive season.

Around 137 deaths have been reported on Gauteng roads.

A round-up of all road fatalities is expected to be released by the Transport Department later this month.

Meanwhile, JMPD officials say they will intensify law enforcement on the province's roads.

"There will be a lot of officers on duty to monitor the freeways and main arterials and there will also be road blocks in different areas. Motorists are urged to drive with caution and obey the rules of the road," says JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar.