Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rav Elyashiv On Speaking On The Phone & Driving

Maran Posek HaDor HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita was asked by rabbonim affiliated with the Chafetz Chaim road safety organization regarding a driver who speaks on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle, Kikar Shabbat reports. The Rav was asked if such a person is classified as a ‘rodef’.

According to the report, the posek hador ruled that such a person “Is not exactly a rodef, but close to being one”.
The non-profit organization, which works to increase road safety awareness, is publicizing the rav’s words in the hope it will have an impact. The organization was launched last year following a number of tragic accidents that impacted the frum tzibur, and its personnel visit yeshivos and kollelim with their message of increased awareness and road safety for drivers and pedestrians alike. (Thursday, November 24th, 2011) (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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