The head of the Binyamin Residents’ Council, Itzik Shadmi, expressed disappointment Tuesday after hearing that the primary reason cell phone reception has not been approved along Highway 60 is the cost. “I was sorry to hear that financial costs were the primary obstacle… I believe that you cannot put a price on saving lives, and human life cannot be measured in financial terms,” he wrote in a letter to Transportation Minister Moshe Kachlon.
“I’ve been in politics long enough to know that issues like this are not dealt with until a disaster occurs,” he continued. When that happens, he warned, “blame is immediately assigned to one bureaucratic body or another.”
Binyamin residents say poor reception along Highway 60 has prevented those in need of urgent assistance from calling for help quickly. The highway is the scene of many terrorist attacks and car crashes.