MK: Uphold law sentencing hit-and-run drivers to 14 years

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 three.
“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.
“They are 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.