THE 14th annual Road Safety Week begins on Saturday with a focus on pedestrians.
According to statistics, in the last ten years, from the 826 people who lost their lives on the roads, 156 or 18.89 per cent were pedestrians, of which seven were children under the age of 14, and 81 adults over 60 years old.
This year’s theme ‘Road Safety and Walking’ will run until October 19.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said: ‘The aim of this campaign is to raise public awareness for the protection of all pedestrian, especially children.
He said the best and most effective way to raise awareness was for people to inform themselves about the risks on the roads.
Nicolaou added that the state’s aim was to focus on prevention, starting with education at an early age.
Traffic Chief Demetris Demetriou said that improving road user behaviour alone could be the most important component in reducing accidents.