Zefat’s efforts to restructure city roads are having the desired effect. Traffic congestion has been reduced and visibility has been heightened. Data presented by the National Road Safety Authority shows that road accidents have dropped significantly over the past year. In 2017 there were 39 accidents in Zefat including 7 serious accidents. In 2018 the number dropped to 31 accidents and in 2019 there were 29 accidents.
In 2020, between January and the end of June, there were only 6 accidents. All of this means a decrease in the number of casualties — in 2017, 84 people were injured in road accidents in the Galilee capital, while in 2020 the number dropped to only 9 people by the end of June.
The number of front-to-side accidents (usually seein in intersections) dropped from 13 in 2017 to only one this year (2020). Much of the credit for this decrease is due to construction of traffic circles and traffic lights which significantly reduce such accidents.
The most significant decrease can be traced to the traffic lights installed in the Biiya and Menachem Begin junctions. Those were the junctions which saw the most accidents in the past, including accidents in which pedestrians were involved.
Amir Yluz, Director of the Upper Galilee and Golan Heights Area at the National Road Safety Authority credits Zefat as an example of a city that is giving serious and responsible treatment to the issue of road safety.