After tragedy, police crackdown in Judea and Samaria continues

Police continue crackdown on wild driving on Judea and Samaria roads after tragic accident killed two children from Shavei Shomron.

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Israel Police continue its crackdown on traffic offenses in Judea and Samaria, following the tragic deaths of two children in a January traffic accident.

Extra traffic police units were deployed in Judea and Samaria this past week in a special operation aimed at stepping up enforcement of traffic laws on Route 60, Judea and Samaria's main traffic artery. During the week-long crackdown, police issued 616 citations, disqualified 19 drivers licenses and impounded 16 vehicles.

In addition, police ticketed 31 drivers for using their cell phone while behind the wheel, and stopped 996 vehicles. In one egregious incident, an Arab driver was arrested near Shilo after police nabbed him driving without a license.

The stepped-up enforcement comes after a tragic car accident in January that left Ori Lipnik and her eight-year-old brother Roi dead near their town of Shavei Shomron in Samaria.

An initial investigation revealed that an Arab vehicle lost control after apparently traveling at breakneck speed - especially dangerous due to prevailing road conditions - hit a safety railing, bounced into the middle of the road and blocked the Lipnik family vehicle, which could not stop in time.

The collision shed light on the dangerous driving and lax enforcement by the police on Judea and Samaria roads and many called on the police to act to prevent the next tragedy.

"We're already crying and pleading with all the enforcement authorities to do something," said Jewish Home MK and Samaria resident Nissan Slomiansky. "People drive on these roads like madmen, mainly the Arabs, besides that fact that the roads aren't in good condition. The Arabs drive like maniacs, as if their lives were worthless ... this mustn't be allowed to happen."