Police to hunt down mob kingpins on traffic violations

Police are keen to arrest mob kingpins on any available charges, such as drunk driving.

March 1, 2010 03:58
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The Traffic Police has begun setting up small units nationwide tasked with special roles, including the tailing of mob kingpins in hopes of catching them in violation of road safety laws. 

Last month, the Israel Police began implementing a decision by Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen to appoint Traffic Police representatives to the Central Units of every police district. District Central Units are tasked with tackling serious and organized crimes.

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Police are keen to arrest mob kingpins on any available charges, and hope some can be caught committing traffic violations like driving under the influence of alcohol.

“The duties of the new units will include tracking senior crime figures,” a police source confirmed on Sunday.  “A new unit has already been set up in Tel Aviv, and more will appear in the coming weeks across the country,” he added. 

The Traffic Police has a national Central Unit at police headquarters in Jerusalem, which regularly launches road safety enforcement missions. The localized units will be able to focus on specific challenges faced by individual districts, the source added.

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