A total of 1,189 traffic violations were caught by the police in the week of July 31-August 6, 2017, of which 619 involved the use of mobile phone while driving, and 570 were due to drivers running a red light.
The traffic violations were caught in an island-wide police campaign specifically targeted against red light and mobile phone use traffic violations.
In an announcement, the police notes that driving with occupied hands, usually due to using a mobile phone, distracts the mind and is one of the most significant factors worldwide in causing accidents.
Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos called for a change of policy on Tuesday to make sure that tourists are made to pay traffic fines before leaving the island as thousands remain unpaid due to lack of checks.
Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC, Karousos said that many tourists, mostly young, who rent motorcycles or quad bikes, fail to abide by traffic signs, drive under the influence of alcohol or drive dangerously, often without any consequences.
“They drive dangerously. There are accidents, and they create a negative impression to our visitors through this behaviour,” Karousos said. He added that they also endanger pedestrians.
But offenders, he said, when they get caught, usually fail to pay their fines before departing, resulting in thousands of unpaid tickets each year as there is no control system in place.
“In the Famagusta district alone, last year, there were 3,000 unpaid tickets,” Karousos said.
He said that the details of tourists renting vehicles should be registered with the police and municipality systems so that they can be tracked down and made to pay their fines.
The EU recently introduced a new directive warning that those who commit such traffic offences would be made to pay the fines in their home countries.
According to the latest figures, one in three lorries that were stopped for inspections were cited for various violations while the situation was more dire for buses which found most of them to have violated a traffic law in one shape or form.
The major campaign between July 24 and 30 in Cyprus was part of a wider European initiative by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL).
A total of 776 heavy vehicles were inspected out of which 305 were cited. A total of 104 inspections were made on buses during which 84 were cited for various violations while 672 lorries were inspected out of which 222 were cited for various violations.
“British Forces Cyprus can confirm that a member of the British military has been arrested in connection to the road traffic incident on July 29 which resulted in the death of Corporal John Fernandez,” said a British military statement on Tuesday.
“A thorough investigation is now underway and it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time,” it added.
A British Forces official said that the British soldier was arrested on Monday but give no further details to his identity or whether he would appear in court.
Fernandez, serving on Cyprus, was run down on July 29 while walking within the British military base of Dhekelia near the southern coastal town of Larnaca.
Police said on Sunday that with two road deaths in the past two days, and a total of five this month, plus two more people critically injured, that it did not seem the ongoing loss of life was impacting drivers to change their ways.
“This is unfortunately the conclusion we can draw from the statistics. In just the past 24 hours, more than 500 drivers were booked for speeding, while alcohol driving controls showed that one in five drivers had alcohol in their systems beyond the permissible limit,” a statement from the force said.
Some 517 drivers were caught speeding, it added in some cases the speed reached 150kph, 154kph, 163kph and 172kph on the highway but also 100kph in a residential area where the limit was 50.With regard to driving under the influence of alcohol, out of the 466 drivers checked, 89 exceeded the permitted alcohol limit and were booked.
In the case of a 48-year-old driver in Limassol, his blood alcohol level reached 197mg instead of 22mg, the legal limit. The driver, police said had refused to take an initial breathalyser test and so was arrested.
In another case, in Paphos, a speeding driver tried to evade officers, who had signalled him to stop. When they caught up with him and he was breathalysed, it showed alcohol levels of 102mg.
A British soldier from Dhekelia, 33, was killed on Saturday night in a hit-and-run. According to police, the incident happened around 8.30pm on the Famagusta-Larnaca road, 100 metres from a petrol station in Dhekelia. The unidentified driver was heading towards Larnaca. Under circumstances being examined by police, the car hit and fatally injured the solider […]
A 19-year-old was in critical condition at the Nicosia general hospital on Sunday after being involved in a traffic accident in the early hours. The accident occurred around 4.30am on Grivas Dighenis Avenue, when the 19-year-old lost control of the car he was driving and hit a wall. He was taken by ambulance to the […]
The accident took place shortly before 9pm Friday in the Astromeritis to Troodos road, when 21-year-old Pantelis Dimou lost control of the car he was driving, crashing into a cement wall and overturning.
Dimou was trapped in the wrecked car and had to be freed by the Fire Service.[…]
Police said the accident happened at around 8.30am. A 74-year-old man travelling to the airport from Nicosia entered the wrong lane and almost crashed into an oncoming vehicle driven by the woman near Panorio reception hall.[…]
Committing a traffic offence in an EU country can soon mean the fine will follow you home. EU parliament explains how in the following video. Driving abroad this summer? Behave, because the fine will follow you home! Check out our video 🚙 ↓ pic.twitter.com/ByyjUILV17 — European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) July 24, 2017 Print Friendly