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New speed bumps aim to finally curb boy racers

By Constantinos Psillides

ENGOMI municipality will be installing four elongated speed bumps along Grivas Digenis Avenue in Nicosia, in an attempt to stop teenagers from racing their cars, Engomi mayor Zacharias Kyriakou told the Cyprus Mail on Thursday.

The speed bumps will be installed on the stretch of Grivas Digenis from the McDonalds’ traffic lights to the ones at 28th of October Street.

“Our goal is to prevent young people from racing their cars in that stretch and keeping the residents up at night,” said Kyriakou, explaining that the first set of two bumps will be built on Saturday and Sunday, August 30-31 and the other on the weekend of September 6-7.

The speed bumps were supposed to be installed along with the speed cameras that were put into action last June. The speed cameras caused uproar amongst the area residents, since they registered over 500 speed violations per day, most of them by people who were rushing to work. The mayor received so many complaints that in July he went as far as to suggest that the cameras should be turned off during the day as to “not burden poor, honest people with speeding tickets”.

“The bumps will solve the problem. The cameras were supposed to be an additional measure. We are certain that car racers will now abandon the area and leave the residents in peace,” said Kyriakou.

The cameras cover the stretch of the road from the Metochi traffic lights to the Engomi McDonalds’ traffic lights. With the speed bumps, traffic calming measures will be present for whole length of the avenue.

The speed limit on Grivas Digenis Avenue is 50 km/h as it runs through a residential area that has long suffered noise pollution and increased accident rates caused by racing drivers.

The cameras are 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.

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