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The goal of the new traffic law is to reduce by half the number of road deaths by 2020, a police spokesperson announced at a news conference Tuesday on the eve of the law’s implementation.
“We believe that we can achieve this goal and cut in half the number of people killed in traffic accidents by 2020,” Internal Security Forces spokesperson Lt. Col. Joseph Moussallem said.
“We are five years late,” he added, explaining that the U.N. had set the new road safety international standards in a series of recommendations published in 2011 which adopted 2020 as a deadline for reaching the 50-percent decline.
Police will begin enforcing a new traffic law Wednesday that imposes hefty fines and other penalties for traffic violations.
The penalties will go into effect over three phases, depending on the level of the violation and its familiarity among Lebanese citizens.
During the first phase, from April 22 until April 30, violations such as speeding, driving under the influence and reckless endangerment will be penalized.
SOURCE: NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON