July was the worst month this year in terms of road fatalities with nine deaths in nine separate accidents, NGO Reaction said on Tuesday.
Thirty people have been killed in traffic accidents since the beginning of the year, according to
Reaction president and Vice President of the Pan-European Youth Forum for Road Safety, Marios Stavrou.
Of these, eight people, or 26 per cent were under the age of 25, while nine were over 60 years old. Nine of the fatalities were motorcyclists and eight pedestrians, he added.
“Driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and general non-compliance with the highway code are the main causes of road collisions,” said Stavrou.
He called for swifter justice for drink driving offenders.
Drivers caught driving under the influence were arrested, charged, and then released to be summoned at a later stage.
“Until that time, the driver will be driving without any problems,” Stavrou said.
He said this must change if Cyprus wanted to reduce traffic collisions.
“Penalties must be imposed immediately after the offence and there must not be time-consuming procedures,” he said, adding that this would also reduce the courts’ workload.
He also said that the public must be kept informed about traffic legislation, citing a survey in which 55 per cent of those asked in Cyprus did not know the legal alcohol limit, which is 22mg.
The latest fatality was on Sunday when a 19-year-old from Xylofagou died in a car accident early in the morning on the Famagusta – Larnaca highway. Rafael Savva lost control of the car as he was driving, crashing into the barrier. Savva was flung from the car. He was not wearing a seat belt.
On Sunday night, two drivers, aged 20 were arrested for separate incidents of speeding, one in Geroskipou, Paphos and another on the Nicosia – Troodos road.
The first man was driving at 107km per hour as opposed to the permitted 50km per hour. The second driver was stopped for speeding at 101km per her hour as opposed to the permitted 50km per hour.