While the capital gears of for Wednesday’s Jerusalem Day celebrations, road safety organization Or Yarok warned residents that their city has become home to the most traffic accidents in which children are injured in the country.
With 214 children injured in Jerusalem road accidents in 2013, the number of children – up to 14-years-old – who were harmed roadside last year was three times higher in Jerusalem than in Tel Aviv, Or Yarok said, citing data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.
In 2013, 12 people were killed in road accidents in the capital, compared to the seven killed in such incidents the previous year.
“I call upon the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, who does a lot for the city and its residents, to make road safety a priority in order to reduce the high injury rate in general and of children in particular,” said Or Yarok CEO Shmuel Aboav. “We must invest in increasing enforcement in areas with high concentrations of children, on issues such as speed and pedestrian right of way.”
All in all, 394 young people were injured in Jerusalem road accidents – and two were killed – in 2013, representing an increase of 20 percent from such events the year before, the Or Yarok report said.
Also in 2013, 203 motorcyclists and scooter riders were injured, an increase of more than 40% compared to the figures for 2012, Or Yarok said.
Motorcyclists accounted for 13% of road-accident victims in Jerusalem last year.
The capital was second to Tel Aviv in terms of senior-citizen roadside injuries in 2013.
In Jerusalem, 110 seniors were injured, with 32 seriously injured and three killed. In Tel Aviv, 224 seniors were hurt in such incidents, with 34 seriously injured and four killed.
About 282,000 people were licensed to drive in Jerusalem in 2013, and about 192,000 vehicles were registered in the city.
Over the past decade, the number of vehicles owned by Jerusalem residents increased by 37%, Or Yarok said.