The number of deaths in road accidents in Israel in 2012 was the lowest in 50 years, Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz announced on Sunday.
Since the start of the year, there were 287 deaths in road accidents in Israel, a 25 percent drop from 2011.
Katz noted that in the past four years, there has been a 20% decrease in road accident deaths compared to the four years before that.
The number of road accidents has been going down even though the number of vehicles in Israel has continued to rise.
“In addition to this year’s achievement, we’ve seen a decline in accidents over the past ten years," Katz said. "The number of accidents has fallen. The number of injuries and fatalities has fallen."
Katz said that Israel is now 10th in the world in terms of fewest road accident deaths per kilometers driven.
"I have set the goal that within four years we will be in the top five," Katz said.
National Road Safety Authority Director Dr. Yaakov Sheinin thanked Katz.
"I am still rubbing my ears," Sheinin said. "There has never been something like this."
Israel Police Traffic Division Commander Bruno Stein also praised the achievement, telling Israel Hayom that the number of road deaths was very low considering the increasing number of vehicles and new drivers on Israel's roads.