Is­raeli-arabs drive badly as ‘re­sis­tance’

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY NATHAN JEFFAY

ARABS TEND to drive more dan­ger­ously than Jews in Is­rael, vi­o­lat­ing reg­u­la­tions as an out­let for their dis­dain for the state, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

A study com­mis­sioned by the Na­tional Road Safety Au­thor­ity (NRSA) found that Arab driv­ers are 1.6 times more likely to be in­volved in ac­ci­dents than Jewish driv­ers.

The team of re­searchers at the Tech­nion-Is­rael In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Haifa sur­veyed some 1,200 Arab driv­ers and con­cluded that Arabs are prone to drive dan­ger­ously be­cause eco­nomic and so­cial prob­lems dis­tract them, lower their con­cen­tra­tion and make them an­gry, caus­ing them to drive faster and more ag­gres­sively.

Roni Fac­tor, one of the re­searchers, said of Is­raeli Arabs: “Due to their so­cial stand­ing they use what you can call ‘ev­ery­day re­sis­tance’ to ex­press dis­sat­is­fac­tion. One of these ways is dis­obey­ing traf­fic laws. When they see a stop sign, as a mi­nor­ity, it means that it’s not my stop sign but the stop sign of the gov­ern­ment.”

Dr Fac­tor stressed that the re­search was an an­a­lyt­i­cal ex­er­cise which can help the NRSA run ef­fec­tive safety cam­paigns for the Arab sec­tor, and was in no way an at­tempt to pin blame for road ac­ci­dents on Arabs. He added that it of­fers a the­sis that may be cor­rect else­where in the world, as it is com­mon in many coun­tries for mi­nori­ties to have higher than nor­mal rates of ac­ci­dents.

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