By Constantinos Psillides
TRAFFIC POLICE launched a two-week motorcycle and bus campaign near schools on Monday, in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic accidents involving minors, said traffic police chief Yiannakis Charalambous.
Charlambous told the press that for the next two weeks officers will be visiting schools throughout Cyprus to check bus suitability for transporting students as well as student motorbikes and mopeds.
“On the hand we want to ensure that students are transported safely to their schools and on the other that minors don’t go around with unlicensed motorbikes,” said the traffic police chief.
The campaign was announced only a day after a 16-year-old from Pissouri village, Paphos district, was critically injured when his motorbike collided head on with a motorbike ridden by a 14-year-old and a 13-year-old. The 16-year-old is in critical condition at the Limassol General Hospital while the other boys were treated and released.
Charlambous told the press that police caught one of the boys a month ago riding a motorbike and reprimanded both him and his father. “Unfortunately, we weren’t heard,” said the traffic police chief.