By Constantinos Psillides
Traffic police are mapping out the most dangerous roads on the island, where a high number of accidents occur, in an attempt to better inform drivers.
According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), the mapping is ongoing and will be published as soon as it’s completed.
Danger spots will be mapped based on the number of fatalities or serious injuries resulting from accidents there.
Only accident reports from 2010 until today would be used as many former danger spots have been made safer due to the creation of better roads over the past three years.
The dangerous roads will be divided by district.
In Nicosia, one the most dangerous roads reported within the city limits is the roundabout at Kalamon Street in the Strovolos area. Outside Nicosia city limits, the most accidents are recorded in the Lakatamia area, Latsia and Dali.
In Limassol, the most dangerous roads are Archibishop Makarios, Nikos Pattichis, Archbishop Leontios and Spiros Kiprianou avenues. The areas with the most accidents outside Limassol are Ypsonas, Amathounta and Yermasogia.
In Larnaca, the most dangerous road inside city limits is the one connecting the city with Dhekelia while other problematic areas are Aradippou, Oroklini and Livadia.
In Paphos, police point out that the most dangerous road is the round-about at Konia. The areas with the most road accidents, outside the city are Yeroskipou, Mesoyi and Chlorakas.
Paralimni, Protaras and Ayia Nara are the most problematic areas in Famagusta district while the road connecting Nicosia to the Troodos mountains is also extremely dangerous, according to the police. When it comes to the mountain region, Astromeritis, Kakopetria and Evrichou are the villages with the most reported accidents.
Traffic police chief Demetris Demetriou, speaking to CNA, urged drivers to slow down when they are in these areas, observe road-signs and be extra careful.
“We will always have dangerous roads. What we want is for drivers to be careful and adjust their speed in these areas,” Demetriou said, adding that the police presence in problem areas would be increased.
Cyprus is in a relatively good position when it comes to road deaths. In 2013, 44 people lost their lives and according to Cyprus Police Commissioner Michalis Papageorgiou that’s the lowest number since 1960.