Speed cameras to be introduced ‘gradually’ in 2017
Transport Minister Marios Demetriades said that speed cameras and coordinated traffic light systems will come into force ‘gradually’ in 2017, which will help reduce road accidents and fatalities.
Speaking on the occasion of Mobility Week on September 16-22, Demetriades said that three people are injured or killed daily in road accidents in Cyprus, adding that the ministries of Transport, Justice and Finance are in discussion on how to finance the project, which should be completed in the coming years.
Marios Stavrou, President of the road safety NGO REACTION said that in 2014-2015, three people each day were injured or killed in road accidents in Cyprus. In 2015 alone 57 were killed, 377 seriously injured and 570 slightly injured. At the same time, in the 28 EU member states, 25,700 people died in 2014.
Yiannakis Charalambous, Head of the Police Traffic Department stressed that “what causes very great concern is the lack of road safety awareness by Cypriot drivers”.
He said that “out of 57 deaths as a result of road traffic collisions in 2015, 56 were due to human error and the 33 deaths that occurred this year were also due to human error.”