(photo credit: Channel 10)
Two people were killed and three injured in separate road incidents over the weekend.
In Haifa, a 50-year-old man died in Haifa's Rambam Hospital after being seriously injured when a car hit him as he was walking along the road. His 16-year-old son was also injured in the incident and evacuated to hospital in critical condition.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene but was stopped by the driver of another car which had witnessed the act, Army Radio reported.
On Friday night a 24-year-old man from Hadera was killed and two of his friends were seriously injured in a road accident near a gas station at Havatzelet junction, near Netanya.
The accident occurred shortly before midnight when a car carrying five youngsters was traveling on the Haifa-Tel Aviv coastal highway, apparently southward. The preliminary police inquiry found that when the car passed the junction, the young driver tried to enter the gas station at an exceedingly high speed.
The driver didn't manage to break in time and with great force, crashed into a rock, causing the car to overturn.
Three of the car's occupants were flung from the vehicle and two were stuck before being from freed the wreckage by Netanya firefighters.
From the sheer force of the collision, pieces of rock smashed into another vehicle waiting at the gas station.
MDA teams called to the scene pronounced the young man dead and evacuated his two seriously injured friends to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva and Hadera's Hillel Yaffe Medical Center respectively. Paramedics treated two others for light injuries and evacuated one of them to Laniado Hospital in Netanya.
National Road Safety Authority Director-General Yair Dori said that at the start of January, new laws to combat traffic offenses would be in place.
According to the new regulations, severe traffic offenders will be summoned for fast-track hearings and the policy of revoking driving licenses will be implemented.
Dori told Israel Radio that the authority had set a goal to reduce deaths on Israel's roads by six percent in 2008.
Dori added that the authority had allocated 21 million shekels to improve road safely infrastructure in the Arab sector.
"It is ludicrous that some children in the Arab sector learn how to cross the road safely while there are no pedestrian crossings in their neighborhoods," he said.
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