So far this year 45 people have died in road accidents and while drivers continue to speed, measures to reduce the accidents is moving at a snail’s pace, House communication and works chairman Antonis Antoniou said on Thursday
During the session he announced that by the end of the year there would be a call for tender for new traffic camera systems across the country.
Already installed in Grivas Dighenis Avenue in Nicosia, the system has brought the state €1.5 million in income within 15 months through fines compared to installation costs that were €80,000 while streets with traffic cameras have seen 50 per cent fall in accidents, Antoniou added.
DISY MP Andreas Michaelides however said that it doesn’t matter how many measures are taken, if people’s mentality doesn’t change to follow road safety rules then the list of those dying on the street would continue to remain a nightmare for everyone.
According to him, the three most dangerous types of drivers are youths under the age of 25, foreigners and bikers.
AKEL MP Christakis Giovanis added that in countries with traffic camera systems, the number of road deaths fall by 40 per cent.
AN officer of the Famagusta traffic police was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a case of embezzlement of public funds and bribery.
According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), the officer was reported that last Thursday, while on traffic control duty at the Larnaca-Ayia Napa motorway, he asked a tourist, whose breathalyser showed more than double the permitted alcohol consumption limit, to give him €100 so that he would not slap him with the €300 fine, provided by law for such cases.
The tourist reportedly gave him all the money he had on him, around €90, and the officer let him go. He later reported the officer to the police.
The officer faces charges for bribery, money extortion by a civil servant to show favour, abuse of power, and breach of trust.
Police carried out traffic checks near schools in Limassol yesterday in an effort to crack down on juvenile delinquency.
Forty five cars and one hundred and ten motorcycles were checked and seventy six offences detected.
A motorcycle was seized and one person was arrested for driving without insurance, no driver’s licence, etc..
Police have warned motorists to get their road tax in order ahead of a major clampdown which is set to get underway as of this coming Wednesday.
According to the latest figures from the Road Transport Department, around 104,000 vehicles are currently on Cyprus’ roads without having renewed their road tax and that police will no longer issue warnings but fines. The same figures show that another 68,700 vehicles have been left stranded.
Traffic police say that motorists must sort out their road tax by Tuesday or run the risk of paying a fine on top of their outstanding road tax fee.
Road Transport officials are, meanwhile, bracing for a huge influx of motorists to their relative departments around the island to settle their road tax while around 20,000 cars have even yet to even pass their MOT.
Another 8,500 motorists have also been alerted that their vehicles have not been for their MOT.
The Roads Policing is a modern, international policing method, which effectively contributes to the prevention of road traffic collisions and generally in tackling crime. The Cyprus Police implemented road policing in order to tackle crime and through traffic police checks carried out on the roads.
This method is based on the fact that persons who commit any kind of crimes / offenses are likely to be drivers.
The results of the implementation of road policing nationwide by the members of the Traffic Police in collaboration with other departments and services, for the first half of 2015 are as follows:
| OFFENCES / CASES|
| Illegal Aliens|
| Search Drugs / Controlled drugs|
| Illegal possession of weapons / explosives / offensive organs|
| Swag property / illegal occupation of property|
| Stolen vehicle / unlawful possession of a vehicle / vehicle searched|
| Wanted / searched / Missing Person|
| Possession disintegrator tools|
| Other offenses|
A fatal car crash occurred yesterday in Nicosia, in which eight month old Nefeli Ntantof died.
Around 6.20pm yesterday, on the Kokkinotrimithia – Nicosia highway when the car being driven by the 32-year old mother, left the road and hit the retaining wall, guardrail, traffic sign and railing separating the road and stopped in the right hand lane.
Around 2:15 a.m. Nefeli succumbed to the injuries while hospitalized in the intensive care unit of Makarios Hospital.
from examinations at the scene of the crash, it appears that the driver of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, while the baby was sitting in a special child seat and was attached to the restraint.
Police appealed to any who knows anything about the circumstances causing the accident, contact the Traffic Nicosia by phone 22802083 and 22802023 or the nearest police station, or Line Communications Ombudsman, the phone number 1460.
The Traffic Nicosia investigate what caused the accident.
Around 3.10 yesterday afternoon a police motorcyclist was seriously injured whilst riding a police motorcycle.
The collision occurred at the junction of Rigenis with Vassilis Michailidis, Paphos, and involved a car driven by a 43 year old resident of Paphos.
The drivers of both vehicles were transported by ambulances to Paphos General Hospital where it was discovered that the driver of the car suffered neck contusion and was detained for treatment, while the policeman suffered skull fracture, subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage and several bruises and abrasions. His condition is serious.
Members of the Traffic Police, Limassol carried out checks in various parts of the city as part of targeted campaign for the prevention of fatal and serious accidents.
During the campaign there were 90 complaints for speeding, 2 complaints for illegal parking in disabled spaces, 30 offences for various other traffic offecses.
Thirteen drivers were issued warnings.
A total of 152 vehicles and 13 motorcycles and mopeds were tested.
Meanwhile in Paphos members of the Traffic Police arrested two persons driving at 117kph in a 50 kph limit.
In a recent two week period police carried out road checks targeting mopeds/motorcycles in an efforet to reduce road accidents and raise road safety awareness.
The main objectives of the campaign were the prevention of driving without a driver’s licence and insurance certificate, offences relating to illegal conversions of mopeds on motorcycles with the upgrading of the capacity of their engines, also many other offences that endanger the lives of themselves and citizens in General.
During the campaign a total of 394 offences were detected as follows:
- Driving without a helmet – 204
- Without insurance certificate – 38
- Unlicensed driving – 34
- Speeding – 17
- Various other traffic violations – 101
A coordinated operation, which involved Special Unit of Motorcyclists (EOMO) Police Headquarters and members of the Police Stations Episkopi Pachna, Pissouri and Avdimou took place yesterday.
During the campaign, held between the hours of 4pm 8pm, road checks were carried out. They tested 60 vehicles and checked 70 persons. 40 offences were detected, 21 were for speeding.