N3TC warns holiday makers

N3TC warns holiday makers to expect zero tolerance of intoxicated drivers on the N3 Toll Route.

road-cross-grAs you are gearing for your summer vacation, N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), the company managing the N3 Toll Route between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal, has issued a warning to holiday revelers heading towards the coast.

“Alcohol, drugs and driving simply do not go together. Taking the wheel, while under the influence of any substances that affect concentration and motoring abilities, is potentially lethal,” says Andy Visser, Marketing Manager of N3TC.

Driving requires attentiveness and an ability to make quick decisions and to react effectively to changes in the environment.
“Even as a pedestrian you are extremely vulnerable. Your judgment is impaired when you are under the influence,” continues Visser.
Consuming alcohol or drugs greatly increases the risk of crashes. As a depressant, alcohol slows down the functions of the nervous system and affects information-processing skills and hand-eye coordination often leading to a lack of concentration, comprehension and coordination as well as delayed reactions. Similarly, drugged driving poses the same threats whether it is from medication, legal or illegal substances.

Expect road blocks along the N3 Toll Route and main arterial routes leading to the N3
In an effort to curb the high incidence of drivers and pedestrians under the influence of drugs and alcohol along main traffic routes, N3TC has funded alcohol and drug screening equipment and training to officers of the SA Police Service, and Provincial and Municipal law enforcement agencies along the N3 Toll Route.

More than 25 Lifeloc alcohol screening devices have been issued to various SA Police Service (SAPS) stations along the N3 Toll Route. SAPS and the Provincial and Municipal Route Traffic Inspectorate have also received drug test kits from N3TC, which will be used at various road blocks throughout the holiday season.

“This holiday season, road users can expect even more decisive action from law enforcement agencies. Screening tests will be performed at road blocks along and near the N3 Toll Route. Drivers under the influence of either drugs or alcohol should expect to be arrested and prosecuted. It is your responsibility to make your holiday a safe and carefree one. It is often innocent road users who suffer the most harm at the hands of intoxicated drivers. Do not risk your own life or the lives of others. It’s simply not worth it,” ends Visser.

Plan your trip by visiting the N3TC website – www.n3tc.co.za. Remember to save the N3TC Customer Careline number on your phone in the event that you may require assistance while using the N3 Toll Route between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal – 0800 63 4357 (0800 N3 HELP) or get your passengers to talk to N3TC on Twitter – @N3Route and keep abreast of safety tips and regular traffic updates on the N3 Toll Route.