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Gauteng Traffic Police urges motorists, particularly public transport operators, to adher to road rules and safety measures ahead of Easter.

Gauteng Traffic Police urges motorists, particularly public transport operators, to adher to road rules and safety measures ahead of Easter.

Gauteng Traffic Police
Gauteng Traffic Police urges motorists, particularly public transport operators, to adher to road rules and safety measures ahead of Easter.—

Ahead of the Easter long weekend, Gauteng Traffic Police has urged motorists, particularly public transport operators, to save the lives of road users by adhering to road rules and safety measures.

The Easter holiday period is usually characterised by high traffic volumes on the roads, as most South Africans embark on long-distance travelling for religious pilgrimages and holiday adventures.

Gauteng Traffic Police said on Thursday the province had over the past few years recorded a rapid increase in the number of road traffic accidents.

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The agency’s spokesperson Sello Maremane said they had observed that most public transport operators travel long distances without taking periodic rests and risked fatigue in order to maximise profits.

Maremane warned against this practice saying it compounded the traffic safety situation further.

“The rush to make profits by public transport operators especially during the Easter season period often results in various forms of dangerous driving such as reckless and negligent driving, disregard to traffic signals, excessive speeding, passengers overloading and unsafe overtaking.

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“These traffic contraventions often lead to fatal crashes,” he said in a statement.

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