Gauteng Traffic Police are urging motorist to be responsible on the road ahead of the Christmas weekend.
High traffic volumes are expected on Gauteng major routes as holiday makers are expected to travel to various destinations to spend time with their families.
According to preliminary festive season road fatalities statistics, the province has lost over 150 people as a result of fatal crashes including three children who were allegedly killed by taxis in two separate incidents in Eldorado Park,
Gauteng Traffic Police’s Sello Maremane said human factors have always been a major contributing factor towards fatal crashes in Gauteng during the heightened festive season.
“The Gauteng Traffic Police call upon taxi operators and drivers in general to slow down especially in built up areas. I would also like to appeal to pedestrians to take charge of their safety this festive season by continuously wearing reflecting clothes while walking on Gauteng roads. While the schools are in recess, we encourage parents to ensure that their children are safe by not engaging themselves in jay-walking.”
On Wednesday, the Transport Department revealed that road crashes increased by 142% nationally with multiple fatalities recorded already at mid-point of this festive season, resulting in 17 crashes this year compared to seven over the same period in 2020.