Cyprus Mail

Increase in serious road injuries

Cyprus recorded a small rise in road deaths last year, according to an EU report on transport safety, but serious injuries spiked by 14.7 per cent.

According to the European Transport safety Council’s 9th Road Safety Performance Index Report, Cyprus saw one death in 2014 more than the previous year – 45 — dropping to 13th place from 12th in 2013.

However, the island saw a 14.7 per cent rise in serious injuries, which followed a steep drop of 26.1 per cent between 2012 and 2013.

In six EU countries, including Cyprus, there was a rise in road deaths with the main reason being drink driving.

Cyprus aims to cut road deaths and serious injuries by 50 per cent between 2010 and 2020.

Despite the steep rise in serious injuries last year, Cyprus recorded the fourth biggest drop in the EU between 2010 and 2014.

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