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More traffic officials deployed on roads ahead of Easter weekend

The RTMC has deployed its own traffic officers to join other officials to reduce road deaths.

FILE: One person died and several others were injured after a taxi collided with a transporter in Witpoortjie, west of Johannesburg on 15 February 2016. Picture: ER24.

JOHANNESBURG - Traffic authorities have taken to the country's roads in their numbers ahead of the long Easter weekend.

Traffic volumes will spike in the coming days.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has deployed its own traffic officers to join officials from other agencies as they try to reduce road deaths.

Last year, 333 people died on the roads over the Easter period, compared to 229 the previous year.

The corporation's Simon Zwane said the fact that the long weekend also coincides with payday, is even more worrying.

"It's payday weekend, but in addition there are also many other entertainment events that have been organised. All of these activities increase the risks, so we'll also be working around those events."

The RTMC said despite a decrease in the number of passengers who are killed in car accidents on South African roads, it remains concerned about the drunk driving statistics after the arrest of 688 drunk motorists in Johannesburg alone, over the past long weekend.

The RTMC said undercover anti-corruption officers have also been deployed to deal with bribery and corruption between officials and motorists.