The number of traffic fatalities in the south of Cyprus fell by 20% last year, the third most significant drop since 1960.
According to police figures, 46 people died as a result of a traffic accidents in 2016, 11 fewer than in 2015.
Traffic Police Chief Yiannakis Charalambous put the 2016 road fatality drop down to the successful implementation of the police’s road safety campaigns which also created a greater police presence on the roads.
Most of the deaths occurred on urban roads with police officials still analysing data to determine the most prevalent causes.
“Renewed police efforts will then focus on these areas”, he added.
The 57 traffic deaths in 2015 had followed 45 deaths in 2014 and 44 in 2013, which was also the best year since 1960 when the Republic of Cyprus was formed, albeit not taking into account road fatalities in the north which have not been included in these calculations since 1974.