Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz declared at a press conference in Tel Aviv last week that Israel had the fewest number of traffic fatalities in 50 years.
287 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2012, 25% fewer than in 2011.
Katz said that there were 20% fewer fatalities in the past four years compared with the four preceding years.
Transportation experts attributed the reduction to increased enforcement of traffic laws and the completion of a number of important road improvement projects.
The Minister noted that these numbers fell despite the increase in the number of motor vehicles from fewer than 100,000 forty years ago to 2.8 million vehicles today.