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Road deaths in north have reached crisis point

Zeki Ceker, the deputy head of the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) has suggested that authorities in the north need to form a Crisis Centre to deal with the rising number of road accidents and fatalities in the north.

TDP’s suggestion comes after shocking data regarding road accidents in the north was released by Turkish Cypriot traffic authorities.

According to the Turkish Cypriot traffic authorities, over the past 10 years 389 people lost their lives in road accidents in the north.

Ceker speaking at an assembly meeting added that a total of 1,887 persons have lost their lives since 1975.

“For every person that dies five other persons face severe injuries, he stated adding that 14 persons lost their lives since the beginning of 2017,” said Ceker.

He added that since the opening of the crossing points in 2003, 664 Turkish Cypriots lost their lives in the north of Cyprus and only one Turkish Cypriot in the south of Cyprus.

Speaking at the same assembly meeting, Erkut Sahali, the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) deputy head, stated that the traffic infrastructure in the north cannot meet the needs of the increased population and accused the coalition of not taking measures for improving the roads.

Meanwhile Kibris TV, presented a five minute report on the state of roads in the north on Friday showed main roads and highways which have no road markings, warning signs and lighting.

One of these roads is the highway leading from the crossing point in Ayios Dhometios to the village of Kioneli, one of the busiest roads in the north.

The report was focusing on the fact that essentially no measures have been taken in order to reverse the trend in the road deaths.

Kibris reporter pointed out that since the coalition of the National Unity Party and the Democratic Party, came to power last year in April, 38 people have lost their lives in road accidents.

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