Driver assistance systems in cars ‘dangerously confuse’ motorists into thinking they are autonomous vehicles, safety groups warn
- 71% of motorists wrongly believe self-driving cars are already on sale
- This is because many are confusing driver assist features – like adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist – as autonomy
- Controlled tests revealed that assist systems couldn’t avoid all crashes
- Euro NCAP and Thatcham both said drivers need to be alert at all times
A 36-year-old man was caught on Thursday night on the Limassol to Nicosia motorway driving at almost 200 kilometres per hour.
Officers signalled the driver to stop near Skarinou but he apparently ignored them. He was doing 196km/h, almost 100km over the speed limit.
He was eventually stopped near the Alambra industrial area.
Officers found out that the 36-year-old was not the owner of the car, whose road tax had expired last July. The car’s owner was a passenger in the vehicle.
Both men were led to the local police station where they were charged with a number of offences.
Police said Friday they were studying ways to ease traffic jams in Nicosia, which have worsened in recent days, prompting angry outbursts from motorists who are forced to spend hours behind the wheel.
The force used a helicopter twice on Friday to survey the capital in a bid to find ways of easing traffic.
A police statement said chief Zacharias Chrysostomou had given instructions for a study to be done and come with recommendations that will be submitted to the authorities.
On Friday, assistant to the chief Demetris Demetriou, who had served as the forces traffic chief for years, took to the skies in a helicopter to map the problem and seek alternative solutions.
The force however, stressed that traffic problems were also the result of lack of infrastructure and public transport, which had to be created or reinforced.
Police said they would help in every way to improve the situation despite being short staffed. The chief has repeatedly asked the government to fill some 500 vacant positions.
Nicosia residents and visitors driving into the capital have been experiencing long traffic jams for some years, especially at its entrance.
Various infrastructure projects which are running simultaneously have only served to exacerbate the situation. The long delays in the completion of Eleftheria Square make things worse since other projects have started in the immediate area, which meant more road closures.
Another large project causing problems are the roadworks on Kallipoleos Avenue, which served as an exit from the centre.