Israel targets texting drivers

Number of fines handed to drivers who use their phones on the road triples in three years, report says.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Woman texts while driving
Woman texts while driving

The number of fines handed to drivers who use their mobile devices while driving has risen significantly in the past five years.

According to statistics presented to Yediot Aharonot, Route 4 saw 43,612 fines in five years, making it the road with the highest number of fines given to drivers. Far behind in second place was Route 20, otherwise known as the Ayalon Highway, with just 28,236 fines in five years. In third place was the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Route 1, where 21,664 fines were given to cellphone-using drivers.

The statistics also who that in three years, Israel Police doubled the number of fines handed to device-using drivers: In 2015, 61,751 fines were handed out, but in 2018, the number had jumped to 124,882. Since the beginning of 2019, 69,941 fines have been handed out, suggesting that the annual total may be 160,000.

In addition to the 1,000 NIS fine, drivers also receive ten traffic violation points.

According to Yediot Aharonot, the report emphasized that drivers who want to appeal the fines have a very low chance of success. In 2015, only 13 of the fines were canceled, and since then the average has been one fine canceled for every 2,000-4,000. Since the beginning of 2019, just four appeals were submitted, though there are some others still being processed.