Traffic fatalities for 2012 lowest in 50 years

Thee nation’s thoroughfares were significantly safer in 2012, with the fewest traffic fatalities in 50 years, the Transportation Ministry announced on Sunday evening.
As of December 30, there had been 290 deaths in traffic accidents, a 24 percent drop from the 382 in 2011.
Transportation Minister Israel Katz, speaking at the ministry’s annual road safety press conference, set the goal of becoming one of the world’s top five countries in road safety by 2018.