Transportation Minister: Safe Driving Courses Must Be Abolished

Mofaz to introduce bill that would make punishments for traffic violators more severe.

Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz proposed a bill Tuesday that would require drivers whose license was revoked to retake a theory test and a driving test. Mofaz introduced his legislation at a meeting of the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee in honor of traffic safety day.

Mofaz said that "safe-driving courses must be canceled. The method of driving violation points must also be changed. Instead of accumulating points, points should be eliminated from a quota, which all licensed drivers will receive."

Mofaz also said that the courts are too forgiving towards traffic violators, especially those whose daily job entails driving. The transportation minister said he supports courts differentiating approaches towards those who drive for a living, and those who do not.

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss also criticized the light punishments issued by the courts to traffic violators and demanded that the courts be more stringent with their punishments.

Lindenstrauss told the State Control Committee that "the courts' punishments aren't intimidating enough. Drivers with dozens of traffic violations return to the roads. The revocation of licenses and the fines issued by the court are not conquering the war on traffic accidents."

He maintains that "it is important that the president of the Supreme Court, Dorit Beinisch, and Justice Minister Daniel Freedman will offer their input for ways to worsen the punishments."