JMPD warns of slippery roads after hefty rainfalls

MMC for public safety Sello Lemao gives South African Police services, Environmental health, City Power, South African Fire Services and Gauteng Traffic police a vote of confidence, 02 December 2013, at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown , Soweto, as the city of Johannesburg launches its festive season safety campaign in that will run into January 2014. The theme of the campaign is “Enjoy Joburg responsibly” and is aimed to raise awareness on issues relating to crime, water usage and road fatalities that are prevalent during the festive season. Picture: Alaister Russell

JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has warned all motorists to avoid low lying areas and roads that are flooded.

The city of Johannesburg was on Monday morning faced with major traffic gridlocks as some of the roads were temporarily closed due to heavy floods after hefty overnight rainfalls.

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says motorists should be very attentive on the road and ensure that they do not over-speed as roads are slippery following overnight rainfalls.

“We encourage all motorists to drive responsible because our roads are slippery today, we also urge them not to take chances and try to drive past flooded areas,” said Minnaar.

Heavy rainfalls are expected across the course of the week and motorists have been encouraged to listen to weather reports and also to be careful on the roads.

Minnaar said the JMPD will do everything in its power in ensuring that motorists are notified of bad weather, and that accidents are avoided as much as possible in this festive holiday.

“We are closing to a festive holiday and I know many people are excited, many accidents happen during this time and we as the JMPD will try and monitor the situations on the roads to avoid unnecessary road calamities.”

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