Cyprus Mail

Police clampdown nets excessive speeder

A 23-YEAR-OLD man caught on Saturday night driving 224 kilometres per hour – more than 100km over the speed limit – is to appear before court, police said on Monday.

The man, who was arrested for excessive speed, was also fined for driving under the influence of alcohol, after a breathalyser showed he was 3microgramms over the allowed limit.

He was charged in writing for speeding and released to appear in court at a later date.

When the speed limit is exceeded by 75per cent or more over, the perpetrator must appear in court and the judge decides on the penalty.

The police announced this week an island wide campaign against speeding, the biggest cause of fatal road accidents among people aged between 18 and 25.

The campaign follows one at the weekend which also included a crackdown on underage drinking and smoking in pubs.

During the campaign, around 140 establishments were observed to check whether they were serving minors, allowing smoking indoors and keeping to opening hours.

Police said they checked numerous vehicles and conducted more than 350 breathalyser tests.

Patrols were also carried out around bakeries, jewellery shops, and other establishments as well as residential areas to prevent break-ins and robberies.

“The surprise, coordinated and targeted campaigns of the police will continue in an effort to prevent and clamp down on every form of unlawfulness, aiming to safeguard public order and enhance the sense of public safety,” a police statement said.


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