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‘No medical, no licence’ policy for over-70s

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By Stefanos Evripidou

PENSIONERS over 70 should get medical checks every year, the traffic police department said yesterday.

Heads of the traffic police gathered yesterday to discuss the recent spate of road deaths, particularly those involving elderly people.

According to public broadcaster CyBC, police will propose a legal amendment obliging drivers over 70 years of age to undergo a general medical examination, both mental and physical, each year.

At present, medical examinations are obligatory every three years for drivers over 70.

Two people, a woman, 26, and a 48-year-old man were killed on Tuesday in two separate road accidents in Nicosia and Limassol.

Both victims were not wearing a seatbelt.

The death in Limassol occurred after a 77-year-old man failed to stop at a stop sign, ramming a van driven by Panayiotis Iacovou.

Iacovou’s vehicle overturned and was sent crashing into a pickup. The 48-year-old was crushed by his vehicle, police said.

Police arrested the 77-year-old pending an investigation.

Yiannakis Charalambous, head of the traffic police department, said yesterday police were preparing a study to record the reasons behind all traffic collisions, examining all potential factors, including the road network.

He pledged that within 2015, speed cameras will be installed all over Cyprus.

Two speed cameras have already been employed on Grivas Dhigenis road in Engomi, a popular stretch for boy racers. The cameras have caught more than just racers, snapping 20,000 speeding violations so far.

Charalambous said drivers were starting to conform to the speed limit, with fines decreasing day by day.

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