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Minister advocates law change for death crashes

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Minister of Justice and Public Order: Of particular importance to amend the Penal Code for causing death due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or due to excessive speed
11/18/2015

The proposal Law on the Criminal Code for creation of statutory offense of causing death due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and speeding, which he had put on his tenure as MP and redeposited by the Parliamentary Committee on Legal discussed today the Minister of Justice and Public Order Mr. Ionas Nicolaou, before the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs. Mr. Nicholas stressed that instead of demanding to be cumulative having two root causes driving, recommended the configuration that causes the offense to be fulfilled alternatively where the main cause of the deadly rolling caused either due to excessive speed or due to overuse alcohol or drugs.

Speaking after the debate, Mr. Nicholas said: “I expressed my views on the proposal, which remain the same as when we tabled as a Member. This is extremely important subject. The proposal was drawn up then a result of a tragic automobile accident, when a young person who while he was on the sidewalk, passing driver speeding, and under the influence of alcohol deprived life. Since then, unfortunately, there were other similar incidents, the last of the fatal accident that occurred recently in Limassol, where also guide driving too fast under the influence of alcohol and after drug use, deprived life of a young, of which vehicle was stopped at the traffic lights. In view of these circumstances and the drivers behavior experiences, taking up my duties as Minister, judged as the law proposal changed that, instead of demanding to be cumulative, the existence of two major traffic accidents causing causes, ie the influence of alcohol or drugs and speeding, be configured to the offense be imposed in cases where the main causes there are disjunctive. That is, the punishment for the offense of statutory manslaughter with imprisonment up to 10 years, where it is found that the main cause of the deadly accident was either excessive speed or excessive use of alcohol or drug use. Continue reading Minister advocates law change for death crashes

Forty five people died on the roads so far this year

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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.

Cyprus Mail

Baby killed in crash

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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.

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