Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou outlined new plans to curb the number of road deaths during his visit to Paphos police station on Monday as he voiced his concerns that the number of road deaths remains the same as last year.
His visit came just hours after another serious accident in Nicosia left a 25-year-old motorcyclist in critical condition after his bike collided with a car shortly after midnight on Sunday.
So far five have died in 2016 as a result of accidents involving cars and motorcycles.
According to police, this is the same number of deaths as in the same period last year, when a total of 17 deaths was reported in the first six months.
Authorities plan to undertake a detailed study and evaluation of all accidents over the past two years, which for the first time is expected to draw “useful conclusions” on the behaviour of drivers, the justice minister said.
Nicolaou explained there would also be a reassessment of the island’s accident black spots and the general behaviour of drivers, particularly of young drivers under different driving conditions.
From the penal side, he announced a study to evaluate the adequacy of penalties and deterrents, and their enforcement. This study would bring in lawyers, psychologists, sociologists and others.
He also referred to the new bill in the works that provides for a ten-year sentence for causing death due to negligent driving. The introduction of the narcotest and the re-installation of traffic cameras plus a zero-tolerance policy would also go a long way towards reducing accidents he said.
The first victim in 2016 was a 92-year-old man who died on January 30 after he lost control of his vehicle while driving in Nicosia.
On February 8, a teenage pupil was killed in Limassol after he slammed his motorcycle into a car.
Last Friday, an 88-year-old man from Larnaca lost his life after he was hit by a truck while crossing the road.
A 54-year-old father of three succumbed to injuries following a traffic accident in Larnaca on Friday afternoon, the second person to die in the district and just a few hours following the death of the elderly man.
The latest victim is an 18-year-old who was killed instantly on Saturday night when his motorbike collided with a Land Rover in Larnaca.