Israel’s Transport Ministry has introduced a new law to attempt to reduce the number of road accidents by impounding and removing vehicles driven by traffic offenders. In effect since Thursday, May 11, police offices will now impound both cars and commercial vehicles for periods up to 60 days. Drunk drivers, especially young adults, as well as new drivers (those without a licensed sitting beside them) will be particularly susceptible to the new regulations, as well as those caught driving after their license was previously suspended. “Drivers involved in ‘hit and run’ accidents, will become believers when they have both their license and their car taken from them – perhaps forever” a high ranking police officer was quoted as saying.
The new law will be especially had on drivers of commercial vehicles as well. These drivers, often involved in scores of traffic violations, will become responsible for paying the costs of retrieving their employer’s vehicle from an impoundment facility that could be 60 – 100 kilometers from the scene of the impoundment. Police officials believe that by having to go long distances to retrieve the vehicles, paying the towing and storage fees, as well as the fine itself, will make all drives think twice before they become involved in traffic violations again. This new reality also will apply to young drivers, many in the midst of their army service, who take their parent’s out for a night of “pubbing” in Tel Aviv and other popular weekend entertainment spots. The law will have no sympathy, without regard for who is actually driving at the time of the violation.