HaRav Schlesinger: Halacha Prohibits Riding With Drivers Who Disregard Road Safety Laws
By M. Ochayon
In a recent interview HaRav Eliyohu Schlesinger, the rov of Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood and the posek for the Jerusalem Rabbinate, spoke out against hazardous driving and the mortal threat it poses.
"The Mishnoh Berurah, in Hilchos Yom Kippur regarding Kol Nidrei, says it's permitted to pray with transgressors, explaining that those who violate public regulations are including under that definition. Apparently this would also extend to people who are lax with road safety laws, i.e. who run red lights, fail to heed stop signs or drive at high speeds, since this is also included among public regulations.
"He who treats his life and the lives of those around him with abandon is considered a transgressor and he should be related to as one relates to those who violate public regulations, raising a number of questions: Can one engage in commerce with him? Can he be called up to the Torah? Can he be included in a minion? Can one stand within his dalet amos?