Saving lives

Say it quietly, but say it: in Israel, you are more at risk of personal injury from a car accident (or being smashed into as a pedestrian) than you are from meeting a terrorist with a knife.

The general standard of driving is not good. The road infrastructure – especially when it comes to junctions, crossings, and so on – is not good. The legal process of dealing with traffic offenses is not good. The enforcement of whatever traffic laws there are, is not good.

There are bad drivers in all places, even Scotland. (!) But a key difference is that in the UK, for example, bad driving is scorned, derided, criticized, condemned, and not socially acceptable. The people who do it are seen for what they are, and what they are is reckless, selfish, dangerous, and thoughtless. No such stigma seems to exist in Israel.

There are initiatives to improve the situation, but it’s going to be a long, hard, and difficult struggle while the bulk of society just does not care.

Until then, unfortunately, fatal disasters like last night’s collision on Highway 1 are inevitable. We are so blessed and lucky that there are not more. Somebody is looking after us. But we should be looking after ourselves.

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