Emergency helicopter will improve route patrol and accident response service
The N4 Toll Route experiences high traffic volumes during the Easter weekend, with the majority of traffic making use of the Middelburg Toll Plaza. In an attempt to create a safer route and provide the best possible emergency response to victims of accidents, TRAC operates the N4 Easter Road Safety Project from the Middelburg Plaza (01 – 05 April).
During this period a dedicated Jet Ranger helicopter will extend TRAC’s 24-hour accident and roadside assistance service. The TRAC assist helicopter will undertake daily route patrol flights and will transport paramedics to accident scenes when urgent medical interventions are required.
Partners in road safety and emergency support
The TRAC N4 Road Safety Project is supported by emergency medical services, traffic authorities, fire and rescue teams, the SAPS highway patrol, ambulance services and hospital casualty units. Ten paramedics will work alongside 60 to 80 emergency personnel to ensure the safety of all road users, and an emergency control centre will be operational at the Middelburg Toll Plaza from where emergency services will be dispatched.
With this project, TRAC not only focuses on a more effective emergency response, but also wishes to raise awareness of motorists on the N4 Toll Route, instil safer driver behaviour and reduce accidents.
Expected peak traffic days:
• Thursday, April 01 (direction east) between 14:00 until at least 22:00
• Friday, April 02 (direction east) between 06:00 until approximately 14:00
• Monday, April 05 (direction west) between 06:00 until at least 22:00
For daily route updates and emergency or roadside assistance call the 24-hour TRAC assist helpline: 0800 TRAC N4 (0800 8722 64). Also visit www.tracn4.co.za for information about the N4 Toll Route.