By Staff Reporter
Sixteen people have been killed on the roads so far this year, transport minister Marios Demetriades said on Monday.
The minister was speaking at the second public consultation on road safety with an emphasis on deaths among the under 25s, particularly conscripts.
He said that although the results so far for 2014 were encouraging given that 44 people were killed on the roads last year, and 51 in 2012, the percentage of under 25s killed remained the same at around 50 per cent.
Of the 16 people killed so far this year, eight were under 25, he said.
“This year’s figures do not allow us to rest on our laurels,” he said.
Cyprus has pledged to slash road deaths by 50 per cent by 2020.
“Many of the actions listed in our strategic plan are youth-centered,” said Demetriades. He said the measures and actions proposed cover a wide range of law amendments such as reducing the allowable blood alcohol limit for young drivers, which has already been tabled to the House of Representatives.
“Young people are a particularly vulnerable group, since in Cyprus 50 per cent of deaths in road accidents involve young people under 25s. Speeding, which seems to fascinate people, drinking and risky driving are usually the most common causes of road collisions,” Demetriades said.
He added that many young drivers overestimate their capabilities due to their inexperience, and an apparent need to impress their peers.
“It has been observed internationally that the more young people are in a car, the most common are accidents,” the minister said.