New policy of the traffic department - confiscation of vehicles for traffic offenders and violent drivers.
"There are traffic offenders who are not deterred by disqualification penalties and short months in prison," explains a senior official in the traffic department.
"The time has come to hit them hard in the pocket, and what's more - to take away the vehicle in which they committed the crime."
Every police officer currently has the authority to disable the vehicle of a traffic offender, who is caught committing offenses such as drunk driving or speeding, for a period between 30 and 90 days.
At the end, the vehicle is returned to its owner.
In recent months, as part of the fight against traffic accidents, the police's prosecution unit and the traffic division formulated a procedure according to which vehicles of recidivist traffic offenders will be seized, and as part of filing an indictment, the police will submit a request to confiscate the vehicle.
That is to say, the vehicle will remain in the possession of the police until the end of the legal process;
If the court grants the request - the vehicle will be forfeited and the amount collected for it will be transferred to the state treasury.
"The time has come to take away from them the vehicle in which they committed the crime", police vehicle confiscation parking lot, archive, photo: Gideon Markovitch
Recently, the police prosecution demanded that 50% of the vehicle of a person who was driving while disqualified be confiscated.
It is a "Land Cruiser" car worth about NIS 120,000.
The court agreed, and determined that the police will sell the vehicle and the amount will be transferred to the state treasury, or that the owner of the vehicle will pay half of the amount.
The driver held a driver's license from 1995, and was caught several times driving with an expired license or while it was disqualified.
In February he was sentenced to 16 months of disqualification, which did not deter him from driving, and he was caught four months later.
So it was also decided to seize his vehicle for confiscation, and not be satisfied with disabling the car for a month.
Attorney Orian Lilly Yadid, a plaintiff in the Central Traffic Claims, filed an indictment against the driver, stating that this is the sixth time he has been caught driving while disqualified. She demanded an arrest until the end of the proceedings and the confiscation of the vehicle.
Asked to examine the legal possibility of confiscating vehicles for criminals who drive violently on the road, Superintendent Yehuda Ben Atar, photo: Police Spokesperson
"Israel Hayom" also learned that the head of the traffic division, Chief Yehuda Ben Atar, who heads a think tank for dealing with road violence, asked to examine the legal possibility of confiscating the vehicles of criminals who engage in road violence.
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