Minister to release Easter holiday road stats today

Thousands of holidaymakers took advantage of the long weekend with some only arriving late last night.

Easter traffic. Picture: Twitter EWNTraffic.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters is expected to release the final Easter holiday road statistics today after thousands of holidaymakers took advantage of the long weekend break.

Thousands of people were still making their way home late last night, causing bumper to bumper traffic on national highways into Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Last year, at least 300 people died on the country's roads over the same period, but the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) expects some improvements after a 62 percent decline in fatalities at the beginning of the weekend.

Department spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says officers involved in its ongoing road safety campaign were out in full force over Easter.

"The minister will give us an indication of all the occurrences that have taken place since the launch of the road safety campaign on 18 March."

He says Peters will 'name and shame' law breakers once they appear in court.

Mnisi says the department will continue with its road safety campaign and it's up to motorists to obey the rules of the road.