With the recent increased numbers of drunk-driving incidents and the peak holiday season approaching, road safety has become a pressing topic for local police.
With family feasts and visits to friends on the increase, the Limassol Police Department has implemented several measures to ensure it will be a safe festive period.
“We urge the public to be proactive, drive responsibly and use a designated driver among people who do want to drink alcohol while out on the road,” says Limassol Police Chief Kypros Michaelides in an interview with The Cyprus Weekly.
Orders have been given to the traffic department to focus on alcohol tests and speeding offences and an awareness-raising campaign, supported by various organisations including ‘Reaction’, has been running.
The spots explain traffic codes and regulations and caution members of the public about the dangers of drunk driving.
There is a specific programme put into place by the Limassol Police Department over the holiday period which also includes an increased check on gambling, more mobile patrols throughout town and foot patrols in shopping areas.
Even though there is no information on any threats of terrorism, precautionary measures have also been taken in this area, with armed officers and mobile armed patrols in high-traffic areas.
The already successful neighbourhood watch system is being instructed to be more active and vigilant during the holiday season to prevent burglaries and protect properties and lives. Leaflets with tips and warnings are circulated by its members.
In the new year, 300 more police officers will be employed as agreed by the Ministry of Finance following the retirement of many officers in recent years.
“Meanwhile, the police department aims to do more with less to keep the Limassol district safe,” says the Limassol Chief Police Officer.
In ending his talk with The Cyprus Weekly, Michaelides wanted to extend his wishes for a safe Christmas, asking citizens to obey traffic laws and regulations and respect orders by police officers in order to keep secure.