Police said on Sunday they had kicked off 2016 with a month that involved booking almost 11,000 people for traffic offences and going on 600 people for drunk driving islandwide.
Speaking at an event in Limassol, Police Spokesman Andreas Angelides revealed that during the month of January, 3,770 vehicle checks had been carried out that resulted in 10,773 general traffic bookings. In addition, just over 7,000 drivers had been breathalysed during the month, and 577 found to be over the limit,.
Officers also carried out over 4,000 restaurant, pub and club inspections, resulting in 1,290 violations, mainly for indoor smoking. Over 300 private security guards were also checked out but no violations found, Angelides said.
Asked to comment on the large number of drunk-driving bookings, which boiled down to around 20 a day during the month, Angelides agreed the number was high.
“It is important to process the data, to see exactly where the problem lies and what factors will help reduce the phenomenon,” he said.
All of the data in each category of offence would be analysed, he added so that the force could formulate means of prevention.
He also said the police had been busy during the month because of the bad weather, hailing the force’s social media services that the public could avail of when it came to road and traffic alerts. “This was evident from the comments and feedback from the public,” said, adding that there were plans to upgrade the force’s presence on social media to put out more timely information.