Trial course aimed at promoting safe driving

Sunday, March 18, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The Tel Aviv suburb of Kfar Saba is hosting a six-month trial course aimed at improving Israeli driving.

The trial program, run by Milan, the Center for Driving Education, in conjunction with researchers from Tel Aviv University, will provide driving theory as well as practical elements of driving.

If the course proves successful, the Transportation Ministry hopes to replace its 28 required hours with the 24-hour Milan curriculum, which is more comprehensive.

Student performance is evaluated against other students in the driving course, said Daron Kashuv, chairman of the ministry committee evaluating Milan.

"The truth of the matter is that road manners come from habits at school and home. If you are rude in school, you are rude on the roads,” Kasuv said. “Therefore, we cannot change the current situation without addressing the root problem associated with behavior among Israelis. This is a long-term process; no single fix will solve the problem. We will have to teach Israelis to respect each other and not to 'fight' on the road.”

Since the founding of the State of Israel, 25 percent more people have died in traffic accidents than from wars and terrorist attacks. Most are a result of running red lights, blocking intersections and changing lanes without paying attention.

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