Israeli drivers hit hard by new traffic safety initiative

Sunday, June 10, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israeli police and volunteers in Israel's “civilian guard” got serious last week about improving safety and compliance with traffic regulations on the country's roads in an initiative labeled “Highway of Life 6.”

Israel National News reports that during the first week of the program - which took place only in the northern parts of the country - 5,088 tickets were written, 250 drivers had their licenses revoked, 400 vehicles were deemed unfit for use and were removed from the roads, and 35 drunk drivers were caught and arrested.

The initiative follows years of harsh criticism over the lack of safety on Israeli highways. A parallel public relations campaign has declared those who cause the deaths of others on the roads to be “terrorists.”

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