Police announce heavier punishments for traffic violations

December 28, 2011 20:25


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Drivers caught carrying out serious traffic violations will face heavier punishments, police announced on Wednesday.

The reforms were made following research carried out by state prosecutors and the Traffic Police over the past two years.

As part of the changes, prosecutors will ask courts to sentence heavily speeding drivers to a suspended sentence of six to eight months in prison.

Drunk drivers could lose their license for two to three years.

Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino warned those who intend to drink on new year's eve to "not go near a steering wheel, because the enforcement will be stringent."

He added that he continued to be haunted by the case of a 12-year-old boy run over and mortally wounded in south.

"I went to scene and visited the boy during last hours in hospital. Since then his image has not left me," Danino said. "We must prevent the next accident."

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