In their first week of operation, speed cameras on Grivas Dighenis Avenue in Nicosia recorded over 5,000 speeding drivers, police said on Tuesday.
Police traffic chief Demetris Demetriou told CyBC that around 620 offences a day were recorded since the cameras officially went on line on June 2.
“In one week of operation over 5,000 offences were recorded,” he said.
He added that this was a huge number and a cause for concern in the sense that offenders carried on regardless of the media information, police warnings and the grace period that was given during the pilot scheme.
The speed limit in the area is 50 km/h.
The cameras were installed in early May but didn’t start working until last week. During a first-weekend test run, cameras reported almost 2,000 speed violations.
Anyone caught speeding within 30 per cent over the speed limit will be fined €1 per kilometre. Those speeding within 30-50 per cent over the speed limit will be fined €2 per km and issued 2 traffic penalty points, those caught speeding 50-75 per cent over the speed limit will be fined €3 per km plus 3 traffic penalty points.
Anyone caught driving over 75 per cent beyond the speed limit will be sent to court.
A new islandwide camera network that is slated to be operational by early 2015.