Following 12 tragic car accidents since Thursday Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter called on Israel Police chief Insp.-Gen. Moshe Karadi to come up with an emergency plan to enforce traffic laws.
Among the fatalities was a police officer who was killed when his car rammed into a water tank on Saturday.
A mother and daughter were also killed on Friday on the way to the memorial of their father.
The mother, Raisa Tsedek Shneor, 64, and her daughter, Chen Yocheved, 42, were driving from Kiryat Malachi to Jerusalem to visit the grave of Raisa's husband, Shmuel, who passed away 10 years ago. Chen traveled from the United States with her husband to attend the memorial.
Police said the driver of a semi-truck approached the Shneor’s Mazda at high speed from behind and hit it. The truck driver said that when the light turned green he thought the Mazda had begun to move forward. Shneor was sitting in the back seat of the Mazda and was killed instantly. Her daughter Chen died later in the hospital.
Shneor was laid to rest next to her husband in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon.
“From day to day we see that the carnage on the roads is Israel's number one enemy,” said Kiryat Malachi Mayor Motti Malka. “I take this opportunity to call upon the transportation minister to do everything possible to put a stop to this, because the state can't continue to tolerate the number of people who lose their lives on the roads every day.”
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