Police to increase traffic patrols

Traffic Police chief calls emergency meeting after 7 die in weekend accidents.

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Traffic Police heads decided on Sunday to increase patrols on the roads, up police presence on weekends and at night, and recruit more volunteer traffic cops, following a surge in road deaths over the weekend. After seven people were killed in car accidents throughout the country, Traffic Police head Cmdr. Avi Ben-Hamo called for an emergency meeting Sunday to discuss the issue. Heads of traffic police from every district and police's top command were present at the discussion. On Saturday evening, 45-year-old Moshe Solimani and his five-year-old daughter Shani were killed when a truck hit their car as they were traveling on Highway 1. Rescue teams managed to save the mother, Irit Solimani, who had been trapped in the car, and evacuated her and the couple's son, Idan, to a nearby hospital. The mother was listed in serious condition, and the son in good condition. The driver of the truck was found to be a serial traffic offender, with no fewer than 190 traffic violations on his record. The driver was remanded Sunday morning. The two victims will be laid to rest at 6:30 p.m. at the cemetery in Holon. Following the accident, police closed traffic on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway eastward of Lod junction for several hours. In another accident, Uzi Natan, 55, died when he suffered a cardiac arrest while driving. The man was traveling with his wife and son southward on Route 2 and when he suffered the attack he lost control of the vehicle, smashed into a vehicle to his right, then continued and stopped only after crashing into a security railing. The other travelers in the car were unharmed, and medics arriving at the scene established the man's death. Also Saturday evening, Albert Sulimanov, a worker at a carwash near Hakfar Hayarok junction was killed when a car slid toward him and hit him. Earlier Saturday, Yosef David, an 82-year-old pedestrian was killed after he was hit by a car as he tried to cross the street at Rehovot junction; on Friday evening, Shimrit Hillel, 26, was killed in Tiberias as she was crossing the street near a hospital; and earlier Friday, 30-year-old Abed el Hija Sah was killed when his car flipped over at the entrance to the Arab village of Arava, where he lived.