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A 19-year-old Paphos resident has been arrested and detained by police in relation to an investigati
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Motorists in Cyprus have come second in Europe when it comes to being caught driving under the influence of alcohol, a new EU study has found.
According to a recent study by Road Safety Performance Index (PIN,) 36.6% of the motorists checked by police on the island were found to be over the limit between 2010 and 2015. The same figures show that Cyprus came in second behind the UK in DUI offences.
The report also found that there had been an increase in the number of drivers in Cyprus found to be speeding in the last five years although the installation of speed cameras could have also attributed to the rise in those figures.
There is better news when it comes to wearing seatbelts with Cyprus showing a highly significant 49% decrease in the number of drivers caught not wearing theirs between 2010 and 2015.
There is also good news when it comes to the use of mobile phones while driving with the number of people being caught offending dropping by 56% between 2010 and 2015. The report also noted that using a mobile phone while driving had been found to affect driving performances just as much as having blood alcohol levels of 80mg/ml.
On a Europe-wide level, the report said that speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or while distracted, and not wearing a seat belt continue to be the main factors in causing traffic accidents.
Speeding in particular is said to be attributed to one third of road deaths and a significant factor in other accidents with non-fatal consequences.
DIU driving is held accountable for one quarter of road deaths in the EU with the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) estimates that some 900 lives would have been saved every year, if 99% of drivers and their passengers worse seat belts. This, ETSC, suggests could be achieved in seat belt reminders in cars applied to all the seats being used, not just the drivers.