Breakdown of 2017/8 holiday traffic on the N3

N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) has issued a traffic update and would like to alert road users to be more cautious when driving.

A high number of single vehicle crashes and the severity of vehicle crashes on the N3 toll route have increased during the December holidays.

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The N3TC team urges drivers to exercise utmost caution and adhere to all road and vehicle safety measures to help ensure safe passage.

Severity of crashes is increasing
Compared to crash data from January to November 2016, a decrease in the number of crashes on the N3 toll route has been noted in 2017, but the severity of crashes has increased significantly, despite numerous efforts by the authorities and emergency services together with N3TC’s resources to control the situation.

• 983 crashes were recorded from January to November 2017 compared to 1 044 during the same period in 2016. Thus the number of crashes has decreased during 2017, but the severity has increased.
• 107 crashes were fatal crashes (69 in 2016).
• 148 fatalities were sustained in the 107 crashes (89 in 2016).
• 34 pedestrians were involved in fatal crashes (23 in 2016).

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The dominant types of crashes recorded to date during 2017, included:
Vehicles leaving the road (25.5 percent of crashes)
Vehicles rolling (21.8 percent of crashes)
Head Tail, both moving and stationary vehicles (13.6 percent of crashes)

38,6 percent of the crashes involved single light motor vehicles and these single vehicle crashes resulted in 40 fatalities, thus being the cause of 27 percent of fatalities on the N3 toll route.

Single heavy motor vehicles were involved in 23.8 percent of the crashes resulting in in 17 fatal injuries, which totals to 11.5 percent of all total fatalities. 3.4 percent single public transport vehicle crash were recorded, with 11 fatalities in these crashes totalling 7.4 percent of the overall fatality rate.

With back to school being less than a week away, motorists are warned high volume traffic conditions being expected in north- and southbound directions over the next few days.Road users are advised to plan for peak traffic conditions, and to expect delays.

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All N3TC toll plazas will operate at maximum capacity, unless N3TC is instructed by the Roads Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) to close plaza lanes for traffic management. Adverse weather conditions, including heavy thunder showers, are forecast for the route throughout the next few days.

Recently hail storms in Estcourt and Ladysmith were experienced and such weather conditions are still on the cards. Drive with utmost care to ensure your safety and that of others using the roads.

Remain alert and calm, switch your headlights on and reduce speed. If possible, avoid travelling in adverse weather conditions.

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