“As is well known while using a phone results in the driver’s attention being distracted,” an announcement said, adding that such actions greatly contribute to increasing the likelihood of a road traffic collision.“At European level, modern surveys show that between 10% and 30% of all road traffic collisions are caused by distracted drivers. Mobile phone use plays a key role in this.”
The government’s Road Safety Council had last called for a study on the issue to be prepared since it is widely if not officially acknowledged that the police already generally turn a blind eye to drivers on the highway speeding at up to 120km/h since all the country’s highways have at least two lanes of traffic.
The Public Works Department is still working on the report which will feature the opinions of all the relevant stakeholders but Phileleftheros on Tuesday reported that the Department itself as well as the police have already indicted they are against the idea.
The Public Works Department has raised objections noting that the highways were designed and constructed based on specific criteria taking into account that cars would be travelling at no more than 100km/h. Raising the speed limit would lead to the need for changes to the points of entrance into and exit from the highway, the Department says.
The police, meanwhile, are concerned a higher speed limit will encourage drivers to reach even higher speeds as they expect the same room for leeway they currently enjoy.
The Traffic Police note that Cyprus has amongst the safest highways in Europe with less than five fatalities per year and say changing the speed limit will make them far more perilous.
A motorcyclist was caught driving more than twice the speed limit during a day-long campaign by the special motorcycle squad of Limassol police on Tuesday in which 259 people were booked. The man was driving at 232 km/h on a road where the limit is 100 km/h. During the campaign which lasted from 8am to […]
A 77-year-old woman from Sotira was killed early on Friday in a head-on collision on the Dherynia to Sotira road. Panayiota Pentafka was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the 5.30am crash at the entrance to Sotira. The 71-year-old driver of the other vehicle, Maria Theophanous, was seriously injured but her condition was […]
A motorcyclist was on Thursday being treated for serious head injuries after in an accident on Wednesday in Larnaca. According to police, a 47-year-old driver, a resident of Dromolazia, cut the path of the motorbike rider when he was turning his car from Kimonos street into Chrysopolitissis street. The 36-year-old biker from Larnaca was injured […]
A photograph of a police car being pulled out of the sea at Limassol port was doing the rounds on social media on Tuesday. Apparently, an officer had parked the vehicle on Sunday at around 1pm near the water. Under circumstances yet to be confirmed, the vehicle slid down towards the sea. No one was harmed […]
A British family of four suffered injuries in the early hours of Thursday morning when the car they were travelling in on the Paphos-Polis Chrysochous road collided head-on with another car being driven a woman.
According to traffic police, the other car had careened into the opposite lane resulting in the violent collision. Neither the family of four nor the other driver were seriously injured despite being taken to Paphos General Hospital for treatment.
In a separate incident, two British tourists suffered minor injuries when the car they were travelling in on the Polis Chrysochous-Droushias road overturned.
Traffic police in Paphos are continuing their investigations.
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. […]
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.
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.