Israel introduces new law enforcement measures against heavy vehicles

Today, the Israel Police officially welcomed its new unit that will be in charge of dealing with heavy vehicles in order to prevent a large number of fatal car accidents.
The new unit in action Photo credit: Israel Police Spokesperson's Unit/ Channel 2 News

Over the past 5 years, trucks in Israel have been involved in more than 20 percent of fatal car accidents, despite being only 2.7 percent of the vehicles on the road. In order to battle the phenomenon, a special police unit was established for enforcement against heavy vehicles.

Today (Wednesday), after several trial months, the unit officially joined the ranks of the Israel Police. Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh and other senior-level officials participated in the ceremony. 

The unit has 24 police officers and will look for excess baggage, drivers’ work hours, safety defects and other traffic violations. “The Israel Police regards life-saving operations of the utmost importance,” the police stated. “And will continue to vigorously enforce against the parties responsible for accidents in order to deter drivers and minimize the involvement of heavy vehicles.”

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