The National Road Safety Authority has sent 25 new patrol cars to Israel Police for the purpose of intensifying the enforcement of safety measures for pedestrians and drivers. These cars will be activated in cities only, in an effort to reduce the number of traffic fatalities among pedestrians, which rose by 14 percent during the first half of 2013, according to the Road Safety Authority. By the end of 2014, the authority has committed to delivering a total of 100 new patrols to police.
"After years of discussions, the authority and the Israel Police reached an agreement for strategic cooperation, resulting from a common agreement on the goal of transforming Israel into one of the five safest countries in the world by 2020," said National Road Safety Authority chairman Dr. Yaakov Sheinin, referring particularly to road safety. The increased enforcement in cities is part of the authority's program to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities by 50% in five years, Sheinin added.