For years, the Israeli police have been fighting the serious traffic violations that occur in the south of the country almost daily with young people under 14 years old involved in traffic accidents every year .
Unlicensed and unsupervised: For many years now, policing on southern roads has come under intense public scrutiny. Many residents report serious traffic violations on a daily basis and a general sense of fear when it comes to traveling on southern roads. A number of videos obtained by the N12 reporter revealed disturbing images of children without permits driving on roads and dirt tracks – without fear or being stopped .
In the first part of the video, a 3-year-old girl from the Bedouin diaspora can be seen driving a large SUV – although, of course, she is without a license and without adult supervision. The girl’s father filmed the scene and uploaded the video to his Tik ToK account. The second part of the video shows a 12-year-old boy from Rahat driving around the city with a friend next to him.
According to the Green Light Association, 79 drivers under the age of 14 were involved in motor vehicle crashes in 2019. More than 1,000 children under the age of 14 have been involved in road crashes in the last decade, and it appears that in the south of the country, this is a recurring phenomenon.
Erez Kita, CEO of the Green Light Association: “Driving a vehicle or motorcycle without a license is a serious, minor and serious offence when a young child is driving the vehicle. The dangers are so obvious and a child driving on the highway and not knowing the rules of the road, not knowing how to control the vehicle, can lose control and injure himself or herself or pedestrians or other drivers. “
Kita continued: << This is not a negligible and marginal phenomenon, but a generalized phenomenon that has often cost lives. On average, about 100 children under the age of 14 are involved in road accidents each year, which is due to lack of education and lack of deterrents. And nothing can replace the presence of vehicles and traffic police on the streets and roads of villages and communities in the south. “
Source: Alliance Mag