The National Road Safety Authority has completed a comprehensive project to improve infrastructure at some 1,100 educational institutions and 170 local authorities with known safety issues, the authority announced on Sunday.

Focusing on creating a safer environment for children, the project has led to the pavement of 882 speed bumps, 6,675 meters of road separation fences and over 20 kilometers of sidewalk railings – all of which have proven contributions to maintaining safety, the authority said. The Road Safety Authority invested a total of NIS 12 million in the project.

“Arrival and return from school are the main risk points in which children are exposed to road dangers,” the authority said.

According to data from the child safety organization Beterem, approximately 54 percent of students walk to school and 12% cross roads in ways that endanger their lives. Such risky behaviors include crossing in areas that lack either crosswalks or crossing guards, as well as crossing the street without first looking in both directions, the Road Safety Authority said.

The project is part of a policy to remove safety hazards and promote necessary infrastructure for pedestrians around schools and community centers, the authority said.

At the root of the project was a study that showed it would be possible to reduce road accidents by 40% by constructing such safety apparatuses, the authority said. This infrastructure prevents pedestrians from crossing at unregulated portions of roads and limits the speed of vehicles near educational institutions and other places that are congested with pedestrians, the Road Safety Authority said.

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