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Test camera records 1,800 offences in 24 hours

Recently installed cameras on the Grivas Dighenis Avenue will prove a sound investment

Test recording of speed cameras set up on Grivas Dighenis Avenue clocked 1,800 traffic violations – 1,500 of which were speeding offences in the 24-hour period from Monday until yesterday morning.

The cameras will be officially operational on June 2, police have said.

Test recording began on Monday but no fines will be sent out until the official June start date.

The speed cameras, that were installed three weeks ago, recorded 2,000 violations over a single test weekend although nobody was prosecuted or fined.

The limit on that particular stretch of road, a residential area, is 50 km/h.

The avenue is regularly used as a racing strip by young drivers, especially over the weekends, much to the frustration of nearby residents.

Those caught under the new system will have to pay their fines through banks, credit cooperatives or on the net. If the offender does not pay the fine within 15 days, it will be increase by 50 per cent.

The cameras will be operated by police officers, unlike the rest of the planned traffic camera network that will be set up in early 2015 all over the island.

By the end of July the communications ministry will be putting together a tender, aiming to have the new system up and running by February 2015.

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