36% of People Killed in 2003 Road Accidents Were Pedestrians

Some 36 percent of people killed in traffic accidents in Israel in 2003 were pedestrians, according to a Central Bureau of Statistics report released Monday.

The study, which was based on police statistics, found that 57 percent of pedestrians killed while crossing the road were hit in a crosswalk. Senior citizens (aged 65 and above) constituted about 22 percent of pedestrians killed - more than twice their proportion in the population, according to the report.

The study found that 17,745 traffic accidents involving casualties had taken place last year, not including an additional 71,000 reports of accidents involving light injuries.

Some 451 people have been killed in traffic accidents since the beginning of 2004.