Traffic cameras not happening anytime soon – Cyprus Mail

As authorities struggle to cut down road deaths, MPs learned on Friday that traffic cameras will not be up and running anytime soon.

Speaking to reporters, House transport committee chairman Giorgos Prokopiou said they had been informed by ministry officials that they had not yet invited tenders.

He said they have asked the transport minister to come to the committee in a month to give them more details about the conditions and how the new system will operate.

 Traffic cameras had been installed in 2006, helping cut down traffic collisions by 53 per cent. But technical issues and subsequent legal problems meant their removal and considerable delays in installing new ones.

The state was now looking to install 90 fixed cameras and 20 mobile ones to catch speeding drivers and those running red lights.

Ruling Disy MP Demetris Demetriou stressed the need for the systems to be up and running as soon as possible since it was a matter of safety and human lives.

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Cypriot drivers ‘hasty, careless and impatient’ – Cyprus Mail

Thirteen people out of 41 killed in road incidents so far this year were under 25-years-old, police data showed, as most deaths occur during the early morning hours due to speeding and reckless driving.

Speaking at an event to mark traffic safety week, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said 41 people had died so far in 2017 in 37 fatal collisions.

“As a state, we are declaring a fight to cultivate traffic awareness because traffic safety must be embedded as part of our culture,” the minister said.

 Citing a study carried out to assist the new communications strategy, the minister said the typical Cypriot driver was “hasty, impatient, careless, one who ignores the traffic code in Cyprus and does not respect other users of the road network.

“On the contrary, Cypriot drivers display exemplary road behaviour and follows rules to the letter when abroad,” he added.

The minister said the data that emerged through the study enabled the authorities to draft a more effective and focused communications strategy aiming at educating and sensitising the public, especially new drivers.

As part of the strategy, the cabinet has approved the creation of a driving school where courts or the police will refer motorists who need training and education.

Driving education will also be introduced in schools in a bid to cultivate awareness, the minister said.

Police chief Zaharias Chrysostomou said the number of deaths to date led the force to intensify efforts further to educate and sensitise the public.

Police have also acquired 22 vehicles equipped with automatic number-plate recognition technology, allowing officers to spot offenders easily.

Chrysostomou said their work will be assisted greatly by 90 fixed and 20 mobile traffic cameras expected to be up and running early next year.

Traffic cameras were installed in 2006, helping cut down traffic collisions by 53 per cent. But technical issues and subsequent legal problems meant their removal and considerable delays in installing new ones.

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Source: Cypriot drivers ‘hasty, careless and impatient’ – Cyprus Mail

Pensioner killed crossing the road in Larnaca – Cyprus Mail

A 67-year-old man from Larnaca was killed on Saturday evening near the port roundabout after being hit by a car. According to police, Charalambous Christodoulou was crossing the road near the roundabout at around 7pm when a driver from Livadhia heading for the Oroklini road, aged 79 hit him as he walked. Christodoulou was taken […]

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Pedestrian dies in Limassol traffic accident – Cyprus Mail

An 86-year-old man – Socratis Parmaxis – died on Friday afternoon after being hit by a car driven by another octogenarian in Limassol.

According to the Limassol police, Parmaxis was hit by a car driven by an 83-year-old man at around 2pm while crossing Nikos Pattichis avenue.

Parmaxis died soon after the accident, Limassol traffic police officer, Emilos Kafas said.

 He added that the driver holds a valid driver’s licence, and that his breathalyser test indicated zero alcohol in his system.

Police are investigating the conditions of the accident, he said.

This is the fourteenth fatal road accident in Limassol this year Kafas said, in which 16 people died.

He once more urged drivers to be alert when behind the wheel and to pay attention, especially to pedestrians.

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Source: Pedestrian dies in Limassol traffic accident – Cyprus Mail

House rejects personalised license plates – Cyprus Mail

The House plenum rejected on Friday, with 25 votes against and 23 for, the regulations providing for personalised car licence plates. The bill, discussed by the House transport committee, was to allow car owners to acquire personalised licence plates through auction. The owner of such a plate was to be allowed to use it on […]

Source: House rejects personalised license plates – Cyprus Mail

BikeSafe workshops to restart in Cyprus

BikeSafe is a Police led motorcycle project involving class room and practical riding workshops. The main aim is to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on Cyprus roads.

In order to use the BikeSafe brand, the workshops have to conform to the BikeSafe criteria as run by Police forces throughout the UK.
Four Cyprus Police Officers have recently been trained to become BikeSafe assessors. The training was delivered in a partnership between the Cyprus Police and RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Cyprus.

The first part of the training ensured that the officers had the road riding skills required, based on ‘Motorcycle Roadcraft’, The (UK) Police Riders Handbook. This involved advanced rider training and test. Only those passing the RoSPA motorcycle test at the highest level would be considered as assessors. All of the officers attained the Gold Grade.

The second phase of the training was theory based to ensure a good working knowledge of both Roadcraft and the BikeSafe curriculum. The officers gave a talk on different sections of the BikeSafe material and answered questions on the matters raised.

The third phase was a practical exercise taking the form of a BikeSafe ride-out with the officers having to give appropriate feedback to a motorcyclist they were assessing.

The officers passed with flying colours.

Guilty verdict for serial speeder and former Disy MP – Cyprus Mail

Former Disy MP Andreas Themistocleous was found guilty on Wednesday by Nicosia district court for two counts of speeding and for violating a traffic signal.

Final arguments will be heard on October 13 and the sentence passed later.

Speaking to reporters after court, Themistocleous said he fully respected the decision that found him guilty of three charges but said he would be appealing the case.

Last year, the supreme court lifted his parliamentary immunity so that he could be tried for speeding offences which took place on April 4, 2015 when he was caught driving his car at a speed of 172 km/h – 72km over the legal limit.

On February 12, 2015 he was caught doing 170km/h, 141km/h on October 14, 2014, and 91km/h in a 50km/h zone on July 10, 2014 where he also faced charges for violating a traffic signal – the white continuous line in the middle of the road.

He was found guilty for speeding on two occasions and for violating a traffic signal.

It appeared Themistocleous had made matters worse for himself when stopped by officers as he had apparently displayed inappropriate behaviour.

Police reports indicated that on numerous occasions, he had invoked his parliamentary immunity when told he would be charged.

“We think that the behaviour, words and deeds, attributed to the defendant, leaves no room for different treatment,” other than to lift his immunity, the supreme court said at the time.

Police also cited traffic offences between 1993 and 2011, and 21 between 2003 and 2015.

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Source: Guilty verdict for serial speeder and former Disy MP – Cyprus Mail

Two people injured in road crash – Cyprus Mail

Two people were seriously injured in a road accident in Paralimni late on Monday evening, police said.

At around 11.10pm, a 38-year-old man from Sotira was driving from Pernera to Paralimni when his car collided with a motorbike heading from Cape Greco to Paralimni.

The two people on the bike, the 34-year-old rider and his passenger, 26, were thrown from the motorbike and seriously injured.

 They were taken to Paralimni hospital where the 34-year-old man was diagnosed with arm and shoulder fractures and his passenger, a woman, with a fractured pelvis.

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Man killed in crash, motorway closed for hours (update 2) – Cyprus Mail

A motorcyclist was killed early on Tuesday morning in a crash on the Nicosia to Limassol motorway, police said.

The incident happened at around 5.45am near the GSP stadium in Nicosia. The man was rushed to Nicosia general hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said the victim was Giorgos Christodoulou, 65, from Larnaca.

 Christodoulou’s motorbike was hit from behind by a taxi driven by a Turkish Cypriot, throwing him on the windshield, which was smashed, over the top and the rear windshield, that was also smashed, and onto the tarmac where it appeared, he was hit by a second vehicle.

Christodoulou had been wearing a helmet.

“It appears a vehicle that was following possibly hit him again. This vehicle is sought by police who is asking the public to help find it,” traffic police deputy chief Stelios Panayides said.

The accident forced the closure of the motorway for nearly four hours, causing chaos.

Long queues formed, and police instructed drivers to exit the motorway from the roundabout near the stadium and head to Limassol via the old Nicosia – Limassol road through Latsia.

The accident prompted far-right party Elam to make a political argument, issuing a statement calling for the closure of the crossing points with the north of Cyprus.

“This incident brings back to the limelight the huge problems arising from the opening of the crossing points,” the party said.

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Source: Man killed in crash, motorway closed for hours (update 2) – Cyprus Mail