Road safety contingency plans in place for Easter

The Bakwena Platinum Toll Plaza says contingency plans have been put in place to ensure safety.

FILE: The toll operator says traffic volumes on the road have increased this afternoon. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - The Bakwena Platinum Toll Plaza says contingency plans have been put in place to ensure the safety of road users as holiday makers travel to various destinations this Easter weekend.

This follows an indefinite strike by its employees on the N1 and N4 toll road due to a wage dispute.

The toll operator says traffic volumes on the road have increased this afternoon with at least 2,000 cars being recorded every hour.

Spokesperson Liam Clarke says, "The impact of the strike action that was taking place was minimal. The contingency plans that have been put in place are working very well."

At the same time traffic officials in Gauteng have warned pedestrians caught jaywalking on the province's highways will be arrested.

Law enforcement agencies have collaborated to intensify their road safety operations.

Gauteng traffic police spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo says more than 66 pedestrians have been arrested on the N3 highway in Gauteng for jaywalking.

"All suspects are expected to appear in court on Tuesday. More pedestrians are still going to be arrested during this long weekend."