Traffic volumes are expected to peak from Thursday to Friday, leading up to the long g your Easter weekend. With the Kwa Zulu-Natal province still in recovery following heavy rains and floods the past few days, there is a call for concern as there are reports of even more heavy rainfall expected.
The bad weather and high traffic volumes could alongside with the road conditions and emergencies, may have an impact on road safety.
According to the Operations Manager of N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), Thania Dhoogra, the demands on drivers escalate during peak traffic periods to plan, as a strategy to avoid additional risks such as late-night driving, tiredness, and a lack of concentration.
“Therefore, it is incumbent on all road users to be prepared for any travel conditions and allow sufficient travel time to make provision for possible emergencies or delays,” Dhoorga said.
With regards to road crashes, data from 2021 and the first quarter of 2020 indicates that 73% of all light motor vehicle crashes and 80% of all heavy motor vehicle crashes on the N3 Toll route can be attributed to driver error and/ or negligence.
The majority of these crashes are single-vehicle crashes, where drivers lost control of their vehicles, and their vehicles either left the road or rolled,” stated Thania
Easter weekend begins this Friday and many people will be making their way to the coast and remote parts of the country.
Members of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) usually embark to church headquarters in Moria, Limpopo province during this time, however, this will be their third consecutive year that the church remains closed for their large gathering.
The church first called off its annual pilgrimage in 2020 due to the spread of Covid 19. This saw the church suspending gatherings, meetings, choirs, and Easter services which would usually take place between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.