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One in two drivers don’t wear seatbelts

Despite countless efforts by the Traffic Department to raise safety awareness amongst Cyprus’ drivers, one out of every two drivers still do not wear seatbelts.

According to statistics released by police on Thursday, the first six months of 2016 saw 6,242 people charged for not wearing seatbelts compared to 10,920 for the entire 2015.

Police statistics show that 54% of fatalities in car accidents in 2015 were attributed to seatbelts not being worn, while the number rises to 66% for the period 2010-2014.

A total of 48,151 motorists were charged in the first six months of 2016 for exceeding the speed limit, and police believe that the number could reach 100,000 by the end of the year, which would be a sharp rise from 2015’s 65,188.

In 2015, police charged 7,980 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol, while the first six months of 2016 saw 3,398 drivers being charged for the same offence.

The Traffic Department announced that on Wednesday night 248 drivers were charged for breaking the speed limit, 58 for not wearing seatbelts, 19 for driving under the influence of alcohol, and 11 motorcyclists were charged for not wearing safety helmets.

Police Spokesman Andreas Angelides announced that the police would be on high alert on all major motorways and secondary roads over the long weekend to assist motorists but also to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all road users.

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