Every time I pick up a Turkish Cypriot newspaper, I can’t help but stare at the pictures of the traffic accidents which blight our roads every day. Cars smashed to resemble accordions, headlines screaming of injuries and fatalities, pictures of families in tears at the loss of loved ones…
Source: It wasn’t my fault, officer, it was my selfie! – InCyprus
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Police figures have shown that half the people to have died in road fatalities this year were riding on a motorcycle.
Source: Motorcyclists at risk on Cyprus’ roads – InCyprus
A man has died after apparently losing control of his motorcycle on the Kolossi to Akrotiri road.
Source: Motorcyclist killed on Kolossi-Akrotiri road – InCyprus
NEW DATA analysing over 4,000 drivers use of mobile phones at the wheel suggests the risk of an accident almost doubles. WUNELLI, a provider of vehicle telematics for insurance companies, and insurance broker Drivology, gathered data over a period of 18 months on drivers including data on journeys made
Source: Illegal hand-held phone use ‘doubles accident risk’
Two brothers from Dromolaxia in the Larnaca district were arrested on Sunday in connection with combined charges of negligent driving abandoning the scene of an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol, public insults, threats, assaulting police and plus escaping arrest, the Cyprus News Agency reported. According to the report, on Saturday night around 8pm, […]
Source: Two brothers arrested in Dromolaxia after eluding police – Cyprus Mail
CYPRUS had the highest increase in road deaths among all EU countries between 2014 and 2015, a 27 per cent rise, according to a report published by the European Commission. A total of 66 people died on Cyprus roads last year compared with 52 in 2014 and 73 in 2010. Finland was second with a […]
Source: Road deaths in Cyprus up 27% last year – Cyprus Mail Cyprus Mail
One man has died and another left fighting for his life after their motorcycle and car collided.
Source: Motorbike-car collision leaves one dead, one critical
A 22-year-old man died early on Friday in a car crash in the Nicosia district village of Ayia Varvara, police said. Christos Peppos, from Pera Horio, died after his car veered off course and crashed into an electricity pole before coming to a halt on a concrete pillar. The 22-year-old was rushed to hospital where […]
Source: Man killed in car crash – Cyprus Mail
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
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
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.