The government’s Road Safety Council had last called for a study on the issue to be prepared since it is widely if not officially acknowledged that the police already generally turn a blind eye to drivers on the highway speeding at up to 120km/h since all the country’s highways have at least two lanes of traffic.
The Public Works Department is still working on the report which will feature the opinions of all the relevant stakeholders but Phileleftheros on Tuesday reported that the Department itself as well as the police have already indicted they are against the idea.
The Public Works Department has raised objections noting that the highways were designed and constructed based on specific criteria taking into account that cars would be travelling at no more than 100km/h. Raising the speed limit would lead to the need for changes to the points of entrance into and exit from the highway, the Department says.
The police, meanwhile, are concerned a higher speed limit will encourage drivers to reach even higher speeds as they expect the same room for leeway they currently enjoy.
The Traffic Police note that Cyprus has amongst the safest highways in Europe with less than five fatalities per year and say changing the speed limit will make them far more perilous.
A motorcyclist was caught driving more than twice the speed limit during a day-long campaign by the special motorcycle squad of Limassol police on Tuesday in which 259 people were booked. The man was driving at 232 km/h on a road where the limit is 100 km/h. During the campaign which lasted from 8am to […]
The highway entrance at Kornos is badly designed, as the Ministry of Transport itself acknowledges, making it highly dangerous.
The entrance lane drivers from Kornos must use to merge into the highway is only 50 metres long, making it nearly impossible to gain the necessary speed to enter the 100 kilometre per hour highway.
In addition, it does not give the opportunity to drivers occupying the left lane to move to the right lane, thus allowing the Kornos drivers to enter the left lane.
As a result, the Kornos drivers are either forced to drive on the side of the highway until the left lane is freed, or they must take a chance to merge onto the highway without being up to speed, endangering themselves and other drivers.
The man was caught on Friday driving a quadbike in Ayia Napa while under the influence of alcohol. The initial breathalyser indicated 200 mg, instead of the 9mg permitted by law. The man was not in a position to give a satisfactory second sample.
The permitted level for alcohol consumption is 22 mg, but for motorists with under three years’ driving experience as well as for drivers of taxis, buses and trucks it is 9mg.
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.
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.
The most recent road fatality along the 11km Astromeritis to Evrychou road occured on Friday and saw 21-year-old Astromeritis resident Pantelis Demou killed when his car overturned.
His death prompted a renewed call for action and the creation of a proper motorway (as opposed to the single carriageway) in the area between Astromeritis and Evrychou and particularly including the perilous 11km stretch between Astromeritis and Atsas.
Communications Minister Marios Demetriades on Tuesday promised residents of the area that he would by the end of this year “instruct the Finance Mnsitry to include the project in the State Budget” for 2019.
Officers patrolling at around 3pm stopped the car for checks and found the underage boy was driving the car.
Additionally, the car had no insurance, roadworthiness certificate and the boy had no driving permit.
He and his mother were charged in writing. Stroumbi police continues investigations.
Police urged drivers on Thursday to respect other road users by exhibiting proper road behaviour after they caught a drunk 30-year-old male motorist – almost five times over the limit – driving on the opposite lane in the Ayia Napa to Rizoelia highway.
In total, it said, 240 drivers – around one in ten – who were stopped for breathalyser tests last week, were over the limit.
The man was seen by officers at around 5.30am on Thursday driving in the opposite lane of the Ayia Napa to Rizoelia highway. The breathalyser test indicated 99 microgrammes of alcohol in his system, almost five times over the permitted level of 22mg.
He was taken to the police station where he was charged and is to be brought before the court at a later date. His relatives were notified to pick him up from the police station.
Police said that driving under the influence of alcohol “cannot be characterised as anything other than disrespect for society and contempt for life”.
“It seems however, through statistics, that many of our co-citizens are indifferent to those around them,” it said.
They are comparing a new licence holder’s speed against the average speeds of more experienced motorists to determine if they’re travelling too fast – mainly on ‘rural’ A and B roads.