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No safety belts on 63% of Cyprus crash victims

Police statistics have shown that 63% of the people who died in car accidents on the roads in 2016 were not wearing a safety belt at the time.

The same statistics also show that 46% of motorcyclists who died in accidents had not been wearing helmets.

Police Headquarters Traffic Chief Yiannakis Charalambous said the authorities were confident many lives could have been saved if more people buckled up or wore helmets.

He also noted that 61% of the motorcyclists killed on the roads last year had been under the age of 25, indicating they had not been experienced drivers.

Charalambous revealed most road fatalities last year had been a result of driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, and crashing without wearing a safety belt or helmet with 97% of the deaths considered a result of human error.

On a brighter note, there was a 20% drop in the number of road accident fatalities compared to 2015, dropping from 57 to 46.

Charalambous also noted that, so far this year, six people had died in road accidents.

Meanwhile, speaking to state radio on Monday morning Traffic Department Spokesman Philippos Papaelias said a new campaign was underway until Sunday that would see officers checking drivers had up to date insurance.


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