Israel Sees World’s 10th-Fewest Road Deaths Per Kilometers Driven in 2012

December 31, 2012 11:53 am 1 comment

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The number of deaths in road accidents in Israel in 2012 was the lowest in 50 years, Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz announced on Sunday.

Since the start of the year, there were 287 deaths in road accidents in Israel, a 25 percent drop from 2011. Katz said that Israel is now 10th in the world in terms of fewest road accident deaths per kilometers driven.

In the past four years, there has been a 20 percent decrease in road accident deaths compared to the four years before that, according to Katz.

The number of road accidents has been going down even though the number of vehicles in Israel has continued to rise.

“In addition to this year’s achievement, we’ve seen a decline in accidents over the past ten years,” Katz said. “The number of accidents has fallen. The number of injuries and fatalities has fallen.”

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  • Mihai-Robert Soran

    “Katz said that Israel is now 10th in the world in terms of fewest road accident deaths per kilometers driven.”

    Great news. I just wonder how the number of KM driven by Israelis was nailed down. Any ideas?

    Plus the deaths aren’t only a matter of KM driven, but also of the age of the cars and the speed limits on streets, and the mix of in and out of city km driven.

    In other words: bulldung. Israeli drivers aren’t the tenth best drivers. They are the chutzpah champions, but not good drivers. I had experienced it all. With mire chutzpah than the others :-) :-)

    Happy New Year!

    PS: And we also know that the number of road accidents also depends on the average distance driven per ride. Smaller distance, less accidents.

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