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Stakeholders to meet on new traffic cams system

A meeting is due to take place on Friday to discuss the installation of a traffic camera system, which is to be rolled out this year.
The Deputy Director of Traffic Police Giorgos Hininos told the Cyprus News Agency that initially 120 cameras would be installed islandwide but could not give an exact date as yet.
Currently there are only two cameras installed on Grivas Dighenis Avenue in Nicosia to curb illegal road racing, a problem, he said had been resolved to a large extent.
The speed limit on the avenue was also increased from 50km per hour to 65km. This had reduced the number of those breaking the law by around one third, the officer said.
When the cameras first went up in the middle of last year, there were hundreds of violations. Now there were only around 70 per day on average, he said.
Only those caught speeding 30 per cent over the speed limit are currently being fined €1 per kilometre. Those speeding within 30-50 per cent over the speed limit are being fined €2 per km and issued 2 traffic penalty points, those caught speeding 50-75 per cent over the speed limit are being fined €3 per km plus 3 traffic penalty points.
Anyone caught driving over 75 per cent beyond the speed limit is sent to court.
While the newly-installed camera system is run by police officers, this will not be case with the new islandwide camera network.
With the exception of the two cameras on Grivas Dhigenis, the traffic camera network will be run by a private contractor, which would notify police of any violations recorded so that a ticket is issued.
The privately set up and run network model was chosen to minimise costs to taxpayers.
Installing traffic cameras dates back almost a decade. After heated debates, mainly focused on personal data protection, a network was set up in 2006 but was quickly discarded. The cameras had numerous problems, including a failure to store photographs and extensive bureaucracy that in some cases resulted in fining a person twice for the same violation while letting others go unpunished.

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