Israel Police establishes team to examine road rage violence amid slate of incidents

Traffic piles up on the Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv, July 24, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Traffic piles up on the Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv, July 24, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

After a series of violent and even deadly road rage incidents in recent weeks, the Israel Police is establishing a special team to investigate the issue.

According to the police, the team will be led by the head of the Israel Police traffic unit, Yehuda Ben Atar, and will present a series of suggestions to prevent such incidents in the coming months.

“Reducing the phenomenon of violence in the State of Israel is a national mission,” says Ben Atar, who notes that police are already boosting their presence at major junctions and highways. The police aim to provide personal security to every resident of Israel, he adds.

Earlier this month, a man was stabbed to death while crossing the road in Holon after his wife pointed out to a motorcycle driver that he should not be driving while the light was red. A week earlier, a man was hospitalized with serious brain injuries after a motorcycle driver used his helmet to repeatedly smash him in the face.

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