A REDUCTION in police overtime hours will not prevent officers from carrying out breathalyser tests the weekends according to head of Nicosia traffic police Demetris Demetriou.
Reports over the weekend suggested that due to overtime pays cuts, police would not be able to send out patrols on Friday and Saturday nights to carry out breathalyser tests on drivers.
“It is a fact that due to the financial crisis the funds for overtime for the police have been reduced,” Demetriou said.
In order to take better advantage of the remaining funds, following a meeting, it was decided that traffic police would only work overtime late on Fridays to carry out routine alco-tests.
On Saturdays, according to Demetriou, the shifts would be scheduled in such a manner that there would be enough officers on duty to carry out the required tests.
“There should be a substantial number of traffic police officers to carry out the usual breathalyser tests,” he said.
“I would like to reassure the public that with this new arrangement, there is absolutely no chance that our work will be affected or our readiness when it comes to checking drivers’ alcohol intake,” Demetriou added.
He told the Cyprus Mail however that other traffic patrols and checks over the weekends may not be as intensive as before.