Israel experiences a relatively low rate of road traffic deaths, and in recent years, the overall trend in road traffic crashes has indicated a declining number of fatalities. Nonetheless, vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders) continue to bear the highest burden of road accidents, accounting for over 50%* of all fatalities.
The country has adopted and implemented a series of road safety best practices, with varying results to date. Motorcycle helmet laws are strongly enforced, with 98%* of all riders (drivers and passengers) noted as wearing helmets. Drink-driving laws are well enforced (including through random breath testing / police checkpoints), and road traffic accidents recorded to involve alcohol have reduced from 10% in 2013 to 3% in 2015*. National seat-belt law applies to front and rear seat occupants and is again well enforced, however only 74%* of passengers are recorded to wear seat-belts.
Knowledge and practices:
Establishing knowledge and data management and best practice.
As part of the overall EuroMed regional project on Road, Rail, and Urban Transport programme, the 2011-2014 EU funded project aimed to contribute to the reduction of road crash death and injury in targeted countries and pilot communities.
Road user groups
With around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, it is unacceptable that some countries still do not have legislation regarding obligatory usage and set safety standards for child restraints.
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Lead agency: National Road Safety Authority
Speed limit law
Motorcycle helmet law
Child restraint law
Mobile phones while driving law
Annual road fatalities
Fatalities per 100K pop. per year
Estimated GDP loss
Source: WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015