Magen David Adom ambulance 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Forty-six people died in road accidents in the month of May – the highest
numbers of traffic fatalities recorded in a single month since 2008, the traffic
safety organization Or Yarok (Green Light) reported on Thursday.
Director Shmuel Aboav warned that the number heralded the start of a
“catastrophic” summer, which traditionally has more traffic fatalities than the
“The loss of life of 46 people should be a red light for us as
the summer begins,” said Aboav.
He noted that in most countries the
highest number of traffic fatalities occur during the winter and are
weather-related accidents, but Israel’s moderate winter climate means that the
summer is actually more dangerous.
“During these months, you must pay
attention to road rage and driver exhaustion given the high temperatures, and
avoid extreme behaviors while driving,” Aboav said.
According to the
report, which used data from the Central Bureau of Statistics since 2003, an
average of 110 people are killed in road accidents during the summer months
(June-August), compared to an average of 105 people killed in the winter months
By city, the trends for traffic accidents are more
For example, in Tel Aviv, the most dangerous month for traffic
accidents is May.
Since 2003, 2,503 people have been injured in traffic
accidents during the month of May. The safest month is October, with 1,989
Jerusalem’s traffic patterns are reversed: the most dangerous
month is October, with 1,529 injuries, and the safest is May, with 1,353
Meanwhile, in Haifa traffic accidents are most common in
January, with 1,254 injuries, and least common in September, with 873 injuries.