Pedestrian Road Safety in the Israeli Arab Minority and the General Population of Jordan


Road accidents throughout the world, particularly within Arab communities in Israel and Jordan, have become one of the main causes of death among teenagers and children. In 2001, Israeli Arab drivers were involved in 26% of all severe and fatal accidents, although they constitute only 12 percent of the total driving population. The rate of death is 1.6 times higher among Israeli Arab drivers than among Jewish drivers. The objectives of the study are first, to understand the causes of pedestrian involvement in traffic accidents; second, to identify both common and contrasting accident causes between the two communities; third, to examine the relationship between the demographic and socio economic characteristics related to the risk of traffic accident involvement; fourth, to examine the effects of daily activity patterns on traffic accident risk; and finally, to examine the role of social and transportation policies in the improvement of pedestrian safety.

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