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Jan 31, 2016

Proposed Law: GPS Camel Tracking

Have you ever traveled down through southern Israel and noticed the sign warning drivers of the possibility of camels in the road?

That sign might soon become redundant.

MK Betzalel Smotritch (Habayit Hayehudi) has proposed a law that would require camel herders to tag their camels with GPS devices. The device would not direct the camel to avoid paved roads, but would warn the camel shepherd (is there an official name for that? camherd, perhaps?) that one of his camels is approaching a road.

Not quite Waze for Camels.

The law would include registering ownership of camels, criminal and financial sanctions against any camel owner whose camel was involved in an accident with a car, along with methods of enforcement.

Bedouin camel owners spoken to seem to think it is a good idea. This will protect them from loss, as camels involved in traffic accidents cause them financial loss, as well as protecting their camels from theft.
source: Mako

Of course, if they really thought this is a good idea, they could already tag their camels with GPS tracking devices and keep better track of their camels now without requiring the passage of the law.

If it minimizes traffic accidents, it is a good idea.

Another idea would be to put lighting in the roads down south so drivers can see a little bit further than the hood of the car...

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