MK Moshe Matalon (Yisrael Beytenu) called on Sunday for the courts and the
Transportation Ministry to enforce a law he passed increasing the punishment for
hit-and-run drivers, following an incident in Netanya on Friday which killed
“As a legislator, I gave an outstanding tool and a lot of power to
the courts to put hit-and-run criminals behind bars,” Matalon said. Instead, he
said, courts and prosecutors choose to allow plea bargains.
allowing the situation to worsen, the culture of violence to spread and crime to
increase,” Matalon stated.
Matalon’s bill, which passed in November 2011,
ranks hit-and-run incidents by their severity from negligence to manslaughter.