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The number of people killed in traffic accidents in Israel has soared in the past two years to over 200 a day, according to statistics released Thursday by the ministry of transport.
The figures released Thursday show that the number of road fatalities in Israel rose to nearly 1,500 last year from 1,140 in 2016.
The number is a record high for the country, and the figures are likely to continue to rise over the coming years.
Road accidents were the fourth-leading cause of death in Israel in 2016, after traffic accidents, suicides, and accidents caused by motor vehicles.
According to the statistics, 1,847 people died in traffic-related accidents in 2016 alone, while 5,932 people were killed in road accidents in the same period.
In 2015, traffic accidents accounted for over one third of all traffic fatalities in the country.
Israelis were killed at a rate of nearly 30 a day in 2016 and have a nearly two-year-old record of being at least one-and-a-half times more likely to die in traffic fatalities than in the overall population.
According a 2017 report by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, traffic deaths in Israel are the third-highest in the world, and account for nearly one-third of all deaths among people aged 15-49.
The IFRRCS report notes that the rate of deaths from traffic accidents is expected to continue rising over the next five years, and is projected to reach 4,600 deaths in 2019.
The number of Israelis killed in vehicle accidents, suicide, and suicides in 2016 was nearly six times the rate in the entire population.
The rate of death from all causes is expected hit over 3,400 by 2025, and 6,500 by 2075.
In addition to these figures, the ministry also released data showing that more than one in 10 Israelis has a pre-existing condition, and that an additional 4,000 Israelis are under the age of 45.
The ministry’s data shows that while Israelis are almost three times more than the general population, the rate at which they die is much higher than that of the overall Israeli population.
In 2016, a total of 11,988 Israelis were killed on the roads, and more than half of those were killed by vehicles.
The statistics also show that in 2016 there were almost 2,000 people who died on the way to work or school.
Over a third of Israelis were under the influence of drugs in 2016.(AP: Yehuda Glick)