Observing the pedestrians it came out that 36% of those observed crossed illegally and 13% didn’t use a crosswalk. 11% used their cell phone and another 10% looked at their phones or listened to music while crossing. 64% did cross properly.
47% of all pedestrians killed while crossing were elderly people totaling 52 elderly people; ten more than the previous year. 13 children below age 14 were also killed while crossing streets last year. Police report the main reason for pedestrian fatalities in 2016 was drivers not giving pedestrians the right of way. The second reason was the pedestrians’ behavior which included crossing while doing things with their cell phone.
Police report a worrying statistic about driving and using cell phones saying that it is the number one cause of car fatalities in Israel. In 2017 speeding tickets were issued 2.5 times more than the previous year and speeding tickets were also 3 times more than the cell phone while driving tickets issued.