Speed cam­eras to be in­tro­duced ‘grad­u­ally’ in 2017

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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