The Vaad HaRabbonim for Road Safety asked that HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita respond to a number of questions that are relevant to their work.
Responding to pikuach nefesh issues Rav Kanievsky states that one must fasten one’s seatbelt in a vehicle, the daily HaMevaser reports, adding the gadol hador adds one may not drive a vehicle if one is too tired.
The rav is quoted as adding that one who drives when one is overtired to daven at kivrei tzaddikim commits an avreira and requires a kapora for those tefilos who may turn to a kitrug on the mispallel, referring to the person who davened at the kivrei tzaddikim.
The questions were given into the gadol hador ahead of Lag B’Omer as the rabbonim work to get the message out, a message of road safety, responsibility, and that accidents are often preventable.
Among the rabbonim involved in the Vaad are HaGaon HaRav Simcha HaCohen Kook Shlita, HaRav HaGaon Rav Naftoli Nussbaum Shlita, and HaRav HaGaon Rav Baruch Shraga Shlita.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)