Traffic Ticket 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The era of traffic police using a quota system to issue driving-violation
tickets is coming to an end.
Newly appointed Israel Police Insp.-Gen.
Yochanan Danino on Wednesday announced an overhaul in the system used to issue
tickets for traffic violations, saying the unpopular practice of assigning
personal quotas for tickets to officers would be changing.
Under the old
arrangement, traffic police officers were instructed to try and issue a minimum
number of tickets, in line with a pre-determined quota.
Speaking during a
ceremony in Jerusalem to mark the appointment of Cmdr. Bruno Stein as the head
of the Traffic Police, Danino heralded “the start of a new period.”
must act with intelligence and wisdom. No more personal quota-based traffic
tickets, no more targets.
Instead, there will be quality enforcement,” he
Numerous members of the public have criticized the old
traffic-ticket system as being unfair, saying it encouraged officers to hand out
tickets to meet quotas, rather than to enforce the law.
Danino said the
police must work to ensure that it has the confidence of the general
“We draw our right to exist from the public,” Danino
He thanked the outgoing head of Traffic Police Cmdr.
Hemo, who will now head the Witness Protection Program, for his
Danino called on drivers to act “carefully and responsibly” on
the roads, adding that he refused to accept the idea that the country’s high
rate of traffic accidents was an unavoidable fate.
Also on Wednesday,
Cmdr. Niso Shaham – who made headlines in 2006 when he was heard saying that
anti-disengagement activists “should be burned” – took up his new role as
Jerusalem’s police chief. Shaham has since distanced himself from his
On Thursday, the new head of the Tel Aviv police district,
Cmdr. Aharon Aksul, will be sworn in.
The former head of the Tel Aviv
police, Cmdr. Shahar Ayalon, was appointed head of the Israel Fire and Rescue