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Traffic Police caught more than 230 drivers on the road under the influence of
alcohol on New Year’s Eve on Saturday.
Hundreds of officers and
volunteers, backed by officers from other units and the Military Police, were
deployed throughout the country to roads and highways near entertainment
districts, and dozens of spot road checks were set up.
Drivers who failed
breathalyzer tests had their licenses revoked on the spot and their vehicles
impounded for 30 days. Police summoned them for a court appearance as
Traffic Police spokesman Yigal Habsur told The Jerusalem Post the
increased enforcement was focused around areas filled with bars and clubs, and
was designed to protect the lives of motorists.RELATED:Editorial: Halting drunk drivingDrunk driver sentenced to 7.5 years for
Police were not seeking
to fill quotas for drunk driving reports, he added.
“We’d rather have a
smaller number of reports that end with indictments than a high number of
reports that end in nothing,” he said.
In the police’s southern district,
2,559 drivers were breathalyzed. Of those, 63 were found to be over the legal
Police and state prosecutors announced heavier punishments
for traffic offenses last week, including driving under the influence of
alcohol, which is now punishable with the loss of a license for two to three
years. In cases involving a very high alcohol level, prosecutors will seek
prison sentences for drivers.
Drivers caught speeding recklessly will
face the prospect of having their license revoked and a suspended prison