Busy roads expected this afternoon


Traffic volumes are expected to increase on Free State roads, including main routes like the N1 and N3, this afternoon as holiday makers return home after the Easter weekend. Inland schools are also reopening tomorrow.
Kabelo Moloabi, traffic enforcement spokesperson for the Department of Police, Roads and Transport in the province, says authorities are ready and deployed across the province.
“No unruly behaviour will be tolerated on our roads. Road users should comply with each and every rule of the National Road Traffic Act. People should fasten their seat belts at all times. Don’t drink and drive.”
Traffic volumes on the N3 highway between the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast and Gauteng have increased since this morning. Con Roux of the N3 Toll Concession says volumes are expected to increase considerably later today.
Roux says about 800 vehicles per hour were observed on the road this morning, but it is expected to increase to 2 000 vehicles per hour as the day progresses. He says authorities are constantly monitoring the situation on the road and he appeals to motorists to drive safely and obey the rules of the road.
A total of 78 people were arrested and charged for speeding on roads across the Free State since last Wednesday until yesterday. The culprits were either detained or released on bail. – Christal-Lize Muller