With the holiday season fast approaching and the recent spate of serious road accidents, South Africans should really not be surprised that so many lives are being claimed on our roads, says the Committee for Active Road Safety.

With the holiday season fast approaching and the recent spate of serious road accidents, South Africans should really not be surprised that so many lives are being claimed on our roads, says the Committee for Active Road Safety (Cars).

Cars chairman Ian Auret has said that years of unfocused and neglected road usage and law enforcement is finally catching up to us.

"We have had several major accidents claiming multiple lives over the past few years and every time we have had investigations and introduced special measures to curb these accidents. The efforts, however, have always lasted only for a short time after a specific accident or accidents.

He said that the unsustainable efforts to improve ongoing road safety are as a result of road safety not being a priority for government.

"Road safety does not seem to be a priority task of anybody in government at any level. As long as the results are not worse than the year before, we seem to be happy cruising along killing "only" some 10 000 people on our roads every year," Auret said.

Ahead of next year's general elections, Auret also voiced some concerns about the need for safe road usage to be prioritised in various politicians' election campaigns. He said the message: "If road safety means nothing to you, then the electorate does not need you," should be sent to all parliamentarians.