N3 traffic alert for Easter weekend

Traffic on the N3 Toll Route between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal is expected to increase sharply this Easter from Thursday, April 18 and high traffic volumes are expected to continue through Friday, April 19.

Thereafter, the busy conditions will taper down until Easter Monday, April 22, when peak traffic conditions are expected throughout the day as holidaymakers return from their long weekend breaks.

In a statement the N3 Toll Concession said Easter Monday was always one of the busiest traffic days on the route. Road users are encouraged to carefully plan their trips and be prepared for possible congestion and delays.

Demands on drivers

“N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) highly recommends that road users plan their trips in order to travel outside of peak times. Do not leave your departure for your destination until too late in the day. With between 2500 and 3500 vehicles per hour expected to be on the N3 Toll Route at peak times, the risks and demands on drivers increase exponentially,” said N3TC’s commercial manager, Con Roux.

The statement noted that all N3TC toll plazas would be operating at maximum capacity.

Although N3TC is currently busy with road construction projects along Van Reenen’s Pass and between Cedara and Mooi River, no road works (except for essential remedial work, if absolutely necessary) will take place during the Easter long weekend and all lane restrictions will be lifted. The concessionaire’s road rehabilitation projects will commence immediately after the Easter holiday.

Human error

Human error remains the top cause of vehicle crashes and fatalities on the N3 Toll Route.

“The simplest ways of ensuring your safety on the road is to always drive defensively, to be alert and to avoid distractions; and never get behind the wheel (or walk on or near roads) when you are not completely sober,” said Roux.

Authorities are getting tough on drivers driving under the influence of alcohol with the newly released Evidential Breath Alcotest (EBAT), which will be piloted in KwaZulu-Natal this Easter.

EBAT

Officers of the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) in the province will be deploying EBAT devices at various check points throughout the Easter weekend. “Testing for the presence of alcohol can be effectively done on the spot and the results are admissible as evidence in court. Offenders will have no chance of getting away scot-free,” warns Roux.

All emergency services and law enforcement authorities have been placed on high alert for the duration of the Easter weekend. The N3TC said it was combining its road incident management efforts with various partners to enhance emergency capacity and safety along the entire route.

Road users can expect visible law enforcement, 24-hour emergency and breakdown assistance, traffic check points, enforcement of public transport compliance and random alcohol and drug tests to be performed along the N3 Toll Route.

Stay up-to-date: 24-hour N3TC Helpline on 0800 63 4357. Essential information is also shared on an ongoing basis from the Twitter platform: @N3Route.

Report any problems or obtain emergency assistance by contacting the N3TC Helpline. The nearest N3TC Route Patrol team will be dispatched to help ensure your safety.