Can Crowdsourcing Improve Israel’s Driving Culture?

Israel’s National Road Safety Authority for disclosed Sunday that there has been a worrying increase in road accidents and fatalities. A significant portion of the rise is due to driver behavior, and professionals agree that an increase in enforcement is needed alongside driver education campaigns. A crowdsourcing app called Shomrei Haderech, “road guardians” in Hebrew, is trying to bring change through an army of volunteers. Shomrei Haderech users sent reports of more than 90,000 dangerous traffic incidents since the app was launched in 2016. Of these, some 11,000 led to letters being sent to drivers caught committing offenses, and 10,000 reports of incidents considered to be endangering lives were forwarded to the police…