Gauteng Traffic Police have urged road users to exercise caution ahead of the long weekend. This as many road users and holidaymakers are expected to travel to various destinations to spend Heritage Day and the weekend with their families and friends.

Major roads to and from the province are expected to be congested from today (Thursday).

This includes the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban, the N12 between Johannesburg and Potchefstroom, the N1 between Pretoria and Polokwane, and the N4 between Pretoria and Rustenburg and towards Mpumalanga.

49 people died on the province’s roads during the same time last year.

Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson, Sello Maremane says road safety is the responsibility of every road user.

“These statistics are highly regrettable and therefore a stark reminder that road users must obey the rules and regulations of the road to save lives. Many road fatalities were a result of unsafe overtaking, overspeeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, and general disregard of the rules of the road or road traffic signs amongst others. Road safety is the responsibility of every road user.”