Two reported dead in highway accident (Updated) – Cyprus Mail

Two people, said to be a man and a woman, were killed on Sunday on the Nicosia-Limassol highway just outside the capital reports said. According to Politis, the accident occurred around 2pm near the GSP stadium. It appears the driver of the car lost control of the vehicle and hit the barrier on the highway. […]

Source: Two reported dead in highway accident (Updated) – Cyprus Mail

Kornos highway entrance a death trap – in-cyprus.com

Any time Kornos residents, and other drivers, attempt to enter the Limassol-Nicosia highway they require luck to make it unscathed.

The highway entrance at Kornos is badly designed, as the Ministry of Transport itself acknowledges, making it highly dangerous.

The entrance lane drivers from Kornos must use to merge into the highway is only 50 metres long, making it nearly impossible to gain the necessary speed to enter the 100 kilometre per hour highway.

In addition, it does not give the opportunity to drivers occupying the left lane to move to the right lane, thus allowing the Kornos drivers to enter the left lane.

As a result, the Kornos drivers are either forced to drive on the side of the highway until the left lane is freed, or they must take a chance to merge onto the highway without being up to speed, endangering themselves and other drivers.

Source: Kornos highway entrance a death trap – in-cyprus.com

Tourist more than 20 times over the alcohol limit while driving – in-cyprus.com

A 24-year-old tourist will have to answer to the Famagusta district court on Monday after he was caught driving drunk in Ayia Napa, more than 20 times over the permitted limit.

The man was caught on Friday driving a quadbike in Ayia Napa while under the influence of alcohol. The initial breathalyser indicated 200 mg, instead of the 9mg permitted by law. The man was not in a position to give a satisfactory second sample.

The permitted level for alcohol consumption is 22 mg, but for motorists with under three years’ driving experience as well as for drivers of taxis, buses and trucks it is 9mg.

Source: Tourist more than 20 times over the alcohol limit while driving – in-cyprus.com

Saloon registrations up 13% in July, Cystat says – Cyprus Business Mail


By Stelios Orphanides

The number of saloon registrations rose an annual 13 per cent in July to 3,061 as a strong increase in registrations of second-hand vehicles offset a strong decline in new car registrations, the statistical service said.

The number of brand-new car registrations fell 8.9 per cent to 1,111 compared with July 2016, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday. Second-hand saloon registrations rose 32 per cent to 1,950.

From January to July, the total number of saloon registrations rose 31 per cent to 21,351 compared with the respective seven-month period last year, Cystat said. Registrations of brand-new cars rose 9.8 per cent to 8,672 while that of used cars rose 50 per cent to 12,679.

Source: Saloon registrations up 13% in July, Cystat says – Cyprus Business Mail

Victim of road accident awarded €500,000 – Cyprus Mail

A 28-year-old man, who lost his right leg and the sight from his right eye in a road accident in January 2017, received €0.5 million as settlement from the insurance company of the man who caused the accident, it emerged on Thursday.

According to local daily Alithia, the Limassol man had been riding his motorcycle when a car, driven by a 70-year-old man, cut him off.

The ensuing crash left the 28-year-old in a three-week coma, with severe injuries to his head and right leg.

 Doctors concluded that the leg damage was irreparable and had to amputate it off just below the kneecap.

The man also lost sight in his right eye and required several operations to treat severe head injuries.

He was in hospital for a total 2.5 months, of which two were in intensive care.[…]

Source: Victim of road accident awarded €500,000 – Cyprus Mail

Over 1,000 phone, traffic light violators charged by police – in-cyprus.com

A total of 1,189 traffic violations were caught by the police in the week of July 31-August 6, 2017, of which 619 involved the use of mobile phone while driving, and 570 were due to drivers running a red light.

The traffic violations were caught in an island-wide police campaign specifically targeted against red light and mobile phone use traffic violations.

In an announcement, the police notes that driving with occupied hands, usually due to using a mobile phone, distracts the mind and is one of the most significant factors worldwide in causing accidents.

Source: Over 1,000 phone, traffic light violators charged by police – in-cyprus.com

Tourists leaving thousands of traffic fines unpaid – Cyprus Mail

Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos called for a change of policy on Tuesday to make sure that tourists are made to pay traffic fines before leaving the island as thousands remain unpaid due to lack of checks.

Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC, Karousos said that many tourists, mostly young, who rent motorcycles or quad bikes, fail to abide by traffic signs, drive under the influence of alcohol or drive dangerously, often without any consequences.

“They drive dangerously. There are accidents, and they create a negative impression to our visitors through this behaviour,” Karousos said. He added that they also endanger pedestrians.

But offenders, he said, when they get caught, usually fail to pay their fines before departing, resulting in thousands of unpaid tickets each year as there is no control system in place.

“In the Famagusta district alone, last year, there were 3,000 unpaid tickets,” Karousos said.

He said that the details of tourists renting vehicles should be registered with the police and municipality systems so that they can be tracked down and made to pay their fines.

The EU recently introduced a new directive warning that those who commit such traffic offences would be made to pay the fines in their home countries.

Source: Tourists leaving thousands of traffic fines unpaid – Cyprus Mail

Cow killed, man injured in road collision – Cyprus Mail

A 33-year-old Larnaca man was hospitalized on Friday evening after colliding into and killing a loose cow with his motorcycle on the Ayia Anna to Kalo Horio road, police said.

The incident happened at around 11.50pm. Police said the cow was in the left lane, the same one used by the motorcyclist.

Following the collision, which killed the animal, the 33-year-old lost control of the motorcycle and fell on the tarmac.[…]

Source: Cow killed, man injured in road collision – Cyprus Mail

Most Cyprus lorries and buses fail traffic standards – in-cyprus.com

Major traffic police inspections have unveiled that most of the buses and lorries in Cyprus are in violation of traffic regulations

According to the latest figures, one in three lorries that were stopped for inspections were cited for various violations while the situation was more dire for buses which found most of them to have violated a traffic law in one shape or form.

The major campaign between July 24 and 30 in Cyprus was part of a wider European initiative by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL).

A total of 776 heavy vehicles were inspected out of which 305 were cited. A total of 104 inspections were made on buses during which 84 were cited for various violations while 672 lorries were inspected out of which 222 were cited for various violations.

Source: Most Cyprus lorries and buses fail traffic standards – in-cyprus.com

Cyprus pledges to fix deadly road (PICTURES) – in-cyprus.com

The Cyprus government has pledged €60 million to improve a stetch of road leading into Troodos which has claimed the lives of eight people since 2011.

The most recent road fatality along the 11km Astromeritis to Evrychou road occured on Friday and saw 21-year-old Astromeritis resident Pantelis Demou killed when his car overturned.

His death prompted a renewed call for action and the creation of a proper motorway (as opposed to the single carriageway) in the area between Astromeritis and Evrychou and particularly including the perilous 11km stretch between Astromeritis and Atsas.

Communications Minister Marios Demetriades on Tuesday promised residents of the area that he would by the end of this year “instruct the Finance Mnsitry to include the project in the State Budget” for 2019.

Source: Cyprus pledges to fix deadly road (PICTURES) – in-cyprus.com