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Traffic Laws in Israel

Statistics say that it is safer to be in a vehicle in Israel than anywhere in North America. There are fewer fatalities in vehicle accidents in Israel per year than in Canada or the United States Who has the largest amount of the three. When Americans drive in Israel for the first time they say that drivers are more aggressive than what they are used to encountering. But since the US has more fatalities than Israel the problem may simply be that they do not understand the Israeli driving and traffic legal system. When traveling in a foreign country it is possible to be involved in a serious accident due to the unfamiliarity with the country’s traffic regulations.

No Right Turn on Red

Many areas allow for a right turn while at a red light after stopping and ensuring that it is clear. It is left up to the region as to whether or not to allow right turns on red or not. As a general rule it is legal to make a right turn after stopping at a red light unless it is posted that it is prohibited. In Israel, there is no right turn on red. Even if the light turns green, the vehicle must make sure that there is not a pedestrian in the crosswalk. The green light does not ensure the vehicle’s right of way, no turn is allowed until pedestrians are out of the way.

Handicapped Stickers

In many areas a handicap sticker allows a vehicle to park in spaces which are designated for handicapped individuals.Israel’s law differs in that the handicap sticker allows the driver to park literally anywhere as long as the vehicle is not interfering with the flow of traffic. This means the vehicle can legally be parked at a bus stop or in the middle of an intersection. Stickers are issued to cars not individuals and it cannot be transferred.

Speed Limits

Americans are used to posted speed limits which are used to set a limit on how fast you can drive. Drivers who exceed the posted speed limit risks getting a traffic ticket. In Israel, the posted speed limit is simply a guideline. Drivers who drive less than 10% faster than what is posted and the drivers behind you may become angry; but if you drive 10% faster you will risk getting a ticket and you may have your license “endorsed” with points. Fines begin at 10% over the posted speed limit and the fine for exceeding the limit is nearly $200 USD.

Patrolling by Cameras

There are cameras as well as radar traps that are situated at frequent intervals to issue tickets to those drivers who are going over speed limits. The national speed limit in Israelis 90 kph and cameras operate in all sorts of weather and conditions. This means that images can be taken at any time of day. They take photos at intervals that are less than a second between each of the pictures. Vehicles can be captured driving on highways or making turns at intersections. If the camera captures a vehicle in violation of a traffic law, a fine will be issued to the violator. They will receive a notice of the fine via the mail; traffic court dates are also sent via the mail.

Seatbelt Laws

Special child car seats are required until a child reaches the age of 4. Until the child reaches 12 years of age, they must be seated in the back seat. Seatbelts are required for every occupant in the car, whether they are in the back seat or the front seat. If you leave in Israel and you have been arrested for any type of traffic related issue or have had your license revoked for dui, speeding or any other issue it is wise to contact a qualified traffic attorney who is familiar with the law and who will be able to guide you towards the most optimal outcome.

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