FS authorities ready for Easter traffic

Traffic and Police officials in the Free State will be working closely this Easter to ensure safety on the roads.


“The focus on this Easter’s road operations will be on road blocks, speed operations as well as alcohol testing projects.” This is according to Kabelo Moloabi, Free State Police, Roads and Transport spokesperson.
“We’ve also integrated all our law enforcement units to come as one so that we may be able to look into operating 24/7.”
This essentially means that police and traffic officers will be working together to ensure that all operations are streamlined. Moloabi says random checks will also be made in urban and rural areas, as well as on national roads. Although these checks will be made on all provincial roads in the Free State, priority will be given to the N1, N3 and R30 routes.
“These routes accounted for the bulk of accidents that were reported in previous years and thus high visibility is required on them,” says Moloabi.
He adds that there will be “park homes” (branded containers) along the road, which will serve as sub-offices where drivers can report accidents and other road related matters.
Netcare 911 has meanwhile made an urgent appeal to motorists to drive with caution, especially with Easter Weekend approaching.
Netcare 911 spokesperson, Chris Botha, says the emergency services attended, among others, to two separate accidents in the Free State claiming the lives of five people last week. He says people are not obeying the rules of the road.
Speed remains a great concern as a main cause of accidents. “We ask people to slow down and increase their following distance.”
He says people should rest frequently while travelling. “Don’t drive when you are tired. Don’t drink and drive. There have been several accidents since last week where alcohol was involved.”
Three people died, five were critically injured, while five others sustained serious injuries when a taxi veered of the road and overturned on the N3 north of Roadside between Warden and Villiers on Friday.
Botha says two people died and seven others, including two children, were injured in a collision on the R30 about 20 kilometres from Bothaville late Saturday night. – Pulane Choane en Christal-Lize Muller