LAWMAKERS were yesterday told that speed bumps, speed traps and speed cameras would finally stop Nicosia’s daredevils who take advantage of the long stretch on Griva Dhigenis Avenue in Engomi to race at night time.
The communications ministry and traffic police recently decided to install speed cameras, speed traps and speed bumps to make the road less attractive to would-be racers.
The House communications committee was told speed bumps would be installed in the upcoming months.
Head of traffic police Demetris Demetriou said that the avenue is mostly used for racing by youths aged between 18 and 25. He said that targeted police checks in the past six months have so far caught 2,660 drivers, 70 per cent of whom were speeding. The checks took place from 10pm on a given day until the early hours of the following day, Demetriou said.
Parliament has been discussing a bill to regulate race tracks in Cyprus since 2000, Demetriou said. But if young people had access to a race track, they might not seek streets in residential areas, he added.
Just this week, one young man was punished by a court with 45 days’ imprisonment and three years’ suspended sentence for doing 134 km per hour, instead of the maximum 50km/h, he added. Police have also confiscated many illegally converted cars.
Lawmakers yesterday seemed friendly to the idea of creating a race track while MP with ruling party DISY Andreas Michaelides said he was ashamed the issue with racers had been allowed to go on for so long.
Residents have been complaining about the racing for years, frustrated by a reluctance by authorities to install speed bumps and unable to rely on police to be stationed on the street every night.