Traffic congestion during peak hours traffic is usually a nightmare for many motorists, even worse if traffic lights are out due to power cuts.
Bringing ease to the crisis are Good Samaritans who help direct traffic in the absence of law enforcement or points men.
However, this selfless activity has been frowned upon by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) who’ve warned civilians to refrain from directing traffic due to the risks involved.
In an interview on eNCA, JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla cited the reasons behind the warning.
DIRECTING TRAFFIC IS A BIG RISK FOR CIVILIANS
“It’s important to note that when you do get your driver’s license from the test you are well-informed about when traffic lights are not working it’s important that you treat that intersection as a compulsory or a four-way-stop,” he reminded motorists.
He added, “If you come across people directing traffic please do contact the JMPD emergency service number for JMPD to remove those people and help alleviate traffic if there’s any”.
He also said that early this year, JMPD Acting Chief of Police Director Thulani Khanyile did instruct officers to take up points and control traffic during peak hour periods between 6am – 9am and 3pm – 6pm.
To report unmanned intersections or unauthorised traffic controllers, call the JMPD emergency number on 011 375 5911.