Following the excessive rain in different parts of the North West Province, the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management advises motorists and road users in general to be cautious especially in flooding and misty areas.

Motorists are advised to drive with minimum speed, headlights, while cyclists and those jaywalking are requested to wear reflective clothing.

The Department’s MEC Sello Lehari said it is important to remind road users to obey road rules and regulations to avoid unnecessary accidents.

“We are still within the festive season and we continue to plead with our motorists to comply and cooperate with our law enforcement agencies.

“Normally rain causes roads to be slippery, it becomes worse with the level of rain we are experiencing, and reduction of speed is a crucial element in wet weather conditions,” advises the MEC.

In certain areas of the Province motorists will experience misty weather and it is advisable to always drive with headlights on to be visible on the road.

“Drivers must avoid hard braking and sudden turns,” said Lehari.

He said law enforcement and road safety officers will be visible and further requests motorists to cooperate on the road. “Our responsibility is to make sure that you reach your destinations safely as we cannot afford to lose lives as a result of incidents,” he said.

Approaching the end of festive season, traffic is expected to increase as most people are traveling back from holidays, to work destinations, more especially when schools are also due to open for the 2024 academic year.