'Men are responsible for 74% of accidents causing injury'
LAST UPDATED: 05/17/2011 15:58
CBS releases study comparing driving habits of Arab and Jewish citizens, old and young drivers, and those involved in fatal accidents.
Deadly traffic accident [illustrative photo] Photo: ZAKA / Tzvika Level
Just one week after a deadly car accident in the Arava valley claimed the lives
of almost an entire family, the Central Bureau for Statistics revealed data on
the makeup of some 92,000 recorded traffic accidents that occurred in Israel in
the last year, and the drivers who cause them.
The study, released
Tuesday, included comparisons of Arab and Jewish drivers, males and females, as
well as data on the older and younger generations.
It found that 73,000
accidents resulted in injuries of either the drivers or
According to data, 74 percent of drivers in traffic accidents
that resulted in injury were male, while 26% were female. Women make up 42% of
registered drivers in the country.
Arabs constituted 26% of those injured
in traffic accidents, and 35% of those killed. The Arab population of the
country is 21% of the total population, making them slightly over-represented
among those injured in car accidents.
Fifty-seven percent of those killed
in any accident were killed in rural areas, which made up only 26% of
Additionally, 68% of pedestrians injured while crossing the
street were injured at crosswalks.
Of those injured in the 14,724 mishaps
classified as “traffic accidents,” 305 were fatal, and 1,375 resulted in serious
injuries. Seventy-three percent of these accidents occurred in urban areas, and
34% at traffic intersections.
The study also had a section comparing
traffic infractions by Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis.
Arab citizens made up more tailgating infractions than Jews, whereas Jewish
drivers received more tickets for not giving proper right of way to
Arab citizens received more excessive speeding tickets
compared to Jews, while Jewish drivers received more infractions for running
As for infractions-by-age comparisons, young people were much
more likely to receive speeding tickets than older drivers.
infractions for drivers 18-yearsold and younger, 16.9% received speeding
tickets, compared to 1.8% of those aged 55-64.