Sunday, 18 November 2018

Drinking and driving laws for Israel. 

drink drive 2Another tragic and senseless death.  A young, innocent child, knocked down by a driver under the influence - Eylon Shalev-Amsalem z"l.
When you drink, you lose the ability to focus and function properly. Along with being distracted and speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the top 3 causes of vehicle accidents and it can be easily avoided. Always use a designated driver if you are going to be drinking.
Even at very low concentrations alcohol impairs your judgement, response time, driving skills, vision and may even induce sleep.
 

The law in Israel as published by the Israel Ministry of Transport and Road Safety dictates;

Young drivers

Drivers under the age of 24; drivers of commercial or work vehicles the overall permitted weight of which, according to the vehicle license, exceeds 3,500 kg; and drivers of paid-transport passenger vehicles, are forbidden to drive under the influence of alcohol if the blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds 50 micrograms of alcohol per liter of exhaled breath, or 10 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

Experienced drivers

All other drivers are forbidden to drive a vehicle with a BAC exceeding 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, or 240 micrograms of alcohol per liter of exhaled breath.

Testing

If the police suspect that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, they are permitted to request that you pass a roadside breath test (breathalyzer) or provide a blood or urine sample for a lab test. The penalty for refusing to undergo such a test - imprisonment for a year or a fine of NIS 10,000.

License suspension

If found driving under the influence of alcohol, your driving license is liable to be suspended on the spot by a police officer for a period of 30 days. This penalty is not in lieu of sentencing by a court.

License revocation

If convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, your driving license will be revoked by the court for a two-year period.

Points

If convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, 10 demerit points will be assigned to your record, according to the current point system.

FYI

ינשוף (מתקן לבדיקת אלכוהול) - In Hebrew the breathalyzer is called Yanshuf (owl)

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Spanish translation of this article