By Andrea Charalambous

Limassol traffic police’s motorcycle units reported a total of 78 violations after checks carried out between 7.00 am on Sunday and 2.00 am on Monday, police said in a statement on Monday.

The operation aimed to prevent serious and fatal road collisions, as well as to deal with delinquency and nuisance caused by vehicles that have undergone modifications.

A total of 98 vehicles were checked for modifications and their suitability with police confiscating 18 vehicles.

Five drivers were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Four cases of driving under the influence of drugs are being investigated.

And 18 were booked for driving without driver’s licence or with a licence that has expired.

Another 20 concerned people driving vehicles without insurance, without an MOT certificate or for driving vehicles that had worn tires and damaged headlights.

Five people were reported after they were found to be driving vehicles that had been declared as immobilized and two people to be driving vehicles whose registration had been cancelled.

At the same time 14 traffic violations concerned a failure to wear a seat belt, using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a helmet and violating traffic rules.