Police to focus on road safety on New Year's Eve

Israel Police and the Transportation Ministry planned on starting out 2006 with a campaign on road safety. Army Radio reported that the plan was to address drunk driving as a major cause of traffic accidents. In this regard, the Dan bus company planned on extending their bus service longer into the night, while taxi services would reduce their prices by 10% during New Year's Eve in order to encourage party-goers not to drive drunk. Channel 10 revealed Saturday evening that the number of fatalities in traffic accidents in 2005 was 469, a 10% drop since last year, and the lowest number since 1983. A law forcing drivers to carry a fluorescent vest in their cars was also set to go into effect on New Year's Eve. The vests were meant to increase drivers' visibility during emergencies when they are forced to exit their cars on the road.