Traffic volumes spike as holidaymakers head home

The RTMC says it expects heavy traffic volumes across the country from today.

FILE: More than 1,400 vehicles expected to arrive in Gauteng, per hour. Picture: Twitter @EWNTraffic.

JOHANNESBURG - With schools and most businesses set to reopen next week, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is warning of heavy traffic volumes this weekend.

The RTMC says it expects heavy traffic volumes across the country from today.

With the current dry and hot conditions, motorists have been warned not to throw cigarette butts out of moving vehicles.

The corporation says at least 1,000 people have been killed on the country's roads over the festive season, with drunk driving and speeding being the main cause of accidents.

Spokesperson Simon Zwane says, "Traffic, particularly leaving from KwaZulu-Natal, has started picking up - its's now at 1, 400 vehicles an hour. We expect the volume of vehicles to start reaching Gauteng in the next hour or so."