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.
The accident occurred at around 6pm when a 25-year-old driver, in an effort to avoid a collision with another car, veered off Iapetou Street in Ayios Athanasios and drove into a car park, initially hitting a car and then injuring the man, who had been walking in the car park.
The driver went on to hit another two cars before bringing the vehicle under control.
A motorist later snapped the police officer outside his police car – which had become engulfed in flames – at around 11am on Tuesday morning on the Limassol – Nicosia motorway, just shy of the Kofinou exit.
The picture (above) of the car in flames later appeared on Reporter.com.cy.
According to initial reports, the fire started as a result of a mechanical problem. The officer – who had tried unsuccessfully to put out the flames – was not harmed.
Traffic officer Emilios Kafas said the old man was hit by a vehicle driven by a 48-year-old, as he tried to cross the road.
Following the incident, he was transported by ambulance to the General Hospital where, despite the doctors’ efforts, he succumbed to his wounds five hours later.
The 48-year-old’s alcotest indicated he was not drunk, and when questioned he said he had not noticed the victim as he had walked into the road from inbetween stationary cars.
Limassol traffic police are investigating.
Iosif Paraskeva from Polemidhia apparently lost control of his car while travelling on the Erimi to Episkopi road at around 11pm, colliding with another vehicle carrying a family of four.
Paraskeva was freed from the wreckage by the fire service and rushed to hospital where he died a few hours later.
The case was reported by a shareholder in a Nicosia-based insurance company who sent a letter on Thursday to police saying he discovered that claims had been filed over the past decade for cars owned by the company that had been allegedly damaged either in road accidents or by malicious acts. The claims concern the company’s own cars in Paphos.
The man told police that after further enquiries, he learned from people using the cars for which claims had been filed and paid out by the company, that they were never involved in any road accidents.
According to police sources the burglaries took place in Limassol between January 11 and July 10, 2017.
The arrest of the two men was dramatic.
Police reports reveal that a police car on patrol spotted just before 2am a suspicious car moving in Limassol. Due to the car resembling the description of the vehicle used in a string of burglary cases, they signaled the driver to stop.
Instead, the driver sped up.
A car chase took place, with the driver being pursued breaking the law multiple times: going through red lights, entering the opposite lane of traffic, reckless driving.
The car was eventually intercepted by the police, who proceeded to arrest the 37 year-old and 41 year-old men.
In the car, various burglary tools were found.
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.
According to residents, the bank branch customers often block off driveways, park on double-yellow lines or pavements, and create a backlog trying to find somewhere to leave their cars.
The residents say the problem has become worse since after the crisis led to the closure of some branches – prompting some bank branches to either move to different locations or even merge with other branches and bringing a higher volume of customers to specific locations.
Most of the bank branches still in operation are now situated on central and busy roads without adequate parking.
By Antonis Michael THE 25-year-old man who was involved in the car crash which killed three people in Kato Polemidia on May 27, was sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Limassol District court on Tuesday for attacking and injuring a taxi driver in the Yermasoyia area of Limassol, a few hours before the crash. […]