Israel Police establishes committee to investigate road rage

52-year-old Yuri Volkov was stabbed to death in a road rage incident last month in the Israeli city of Holon.

 Police at the scene where a man killed after being stabbed during a road rage incident in Holon, on November 23, 2022 (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/FLASH90)
Police at the scene where a man killed after being stabbed during a road rage incident in Holon, on November 23, 2022
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/FLASH90)

Israel Police established a committee to investigate the issue of road rage in Israel and provide solutions to the problem, the police announced on Sunday.

The committee will be led by Yehuda Ben-Atar, head of the Traffic Division.

This move comes after 52-year-old Yuri Volkov was stabbed to death in a road rage incident in Holon in late November and an anonymous woman reported that someone had threatened to murder her while she waited at a red light in Jerusalem.

"The sequence of incidents of road violence recently published in the media and on social networks are being investigated and handled by the Israel Police, and in all of them, we were able to reach the suspects and some of them have already been prosecuted," said Ben-Atar.

"At the same time, the Israel Police has already begun a series of actions as part of dealing with the phenomenon, such as increased presence at central intersections and increased presence and visibility In crowded places and during rush hour on certain roads."

Ben-Atar urges: Israelis, call the police if you are a victim of road rage violence

 TRAFFIC PILES up on King David Street as the work goes on, and on. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM) TRAFFIC PILES up on King David Street as the work goes on, and on. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

“The Israel Police urges every citizen who falls victim to violence of any kind to immediately contact the Israel Police's hotline 100, and for every person who witnessed an event or who recorded such an event, to share with us so that we bring the suspects to justice as soon as possible.”

Yehuda Ben-Atar, Israel Police traffic unit head

"The Israel Police urges every citizen who falls victim to violence of any kind to immediately contact the Israel Police, and for every person who witnessed an event or who recorded such an event, to share with us so that we may bring the suspects to justice as soon as possible," Ben-Atar added.

"Reducing the phenomenon of violence in the State of Israel is a national mission and the Israel Police will lead it with the aim of providing personal security to all residents of the State of Israel."

Judith Sudilovsky and Karin Sagi/Walla contributed to this report.