JUST OVER one in five drivers given voluntary breathalyser tests were over the legal alcohol limit, according to statistics revealed by the NGO REACTION Youth for Prevention.
In total, 970 people participated in the annual island-wide programme where a mobile voluntary alcohol test unit goes around nightclubs, entertainment zones and parking lots where youth frequent asking designated drivers if they’d like to be tested.
From the 970 participants, 214 people, representing 22 per cent of the total, were over the legal alcohol limit.
REACTION head Marios Stavrou said around 14 per cent of drivers tested came up with zero readings for alcohol consumption. He noted that through the programme’s implementation around 9,000 people have been made aware of the issue of drink-driving.
The mobile unit is currently hanging outside the Nicosia Beer Festival to carry out tests and inform the public.
According to EUstatistics, driving under the influence is a massive problem for Cyprus. In 2010, police carried out 217 checks per 1,000 residents, from which 5.3 per cent were deemed over the limit.
The EU average is 105 checks per 1,000 residents with only 0.7 per cent found over the legal limit.
A REACTION press release highlights that recent data reveals that the main cause for over 40 per cent of road deaths in Cyprus is driving under the influence of alcohol.