Car Accident 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
With the death on Monday of a 48-year-old man in a head-on collision between a
heavy truck and a private vehicle on Route 65 near Nazareth, road deaths for
2010 passed those of 2009, reaching 350 fatalities with a month left in the
This reverses downward trends in recent years and last years’ 22
Road safety advocacy group Or Yarok blames the
government for cutting budgets and failing to set targets.
already long since passed the target threshold of road accident fatalities that
the government set in its national plan to combat traffic accidents [a 6%
reduction from last year].
Unfortunately, the apathetic attitude of the
transportation minister [Yisrael Katz], which is expressed in ongoing cuts in
the budget to combat road accidents, sets back the trend of reducing traffic
deaths over the last decade, Or Yarok director-general Shmuel Aboav
Aboav pointed to the European Union and its ambitious target to
reduce accident deaths by 50% over a decade as a model for Israel to follow. He
said that setting targets directly correlated to reducing deaths and noted that
in Israel, in 2005, the Sheinin Committee set a clear target of reducing the
death rate by 30% by 2010, to below 360 deaths a year, and below 300 by
“Despite these clear declarations, the transportation minister’s
position remains the same – that we shouldn’t set targets for reducing
casualties,” Aboav said.
“Failure to implement a long-term plan to reduce
the number of traffic accident casualties is already taking a large toll, which
will only rise. Israel can and must get in line with the advanced European
countries and place the battle against traffic accidents at the top of its
The transportation ministry declined to comment on Aboav’s
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