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Traffic cops issue over 41,000 speeding tickets in 5 months

Traffic police have issued 41,475 speeding tickets in the first five months of 2017, up from 39,997 from the corresponding 2016 period.

The rise of 3.7% in speeding tickets over the first five months of 2017 compared to the corresponding period last year has highlighted the need for tougher and prohibitive legislation and penalties to be introduced.

The issue with seatbelts is even worse.

A total of 6,977 warrants were issued to drivers and passengers for not wearing their seatbelts over the first five months of 2017 recording a 35% increase over the corresponding 2016 period when 5,139 warrants were issued.

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Over the first five months of 2017, traffic police also booked 2,064 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol, down from 2,195 for the corresponding 2016 period while 406 motorcyclists were booked for not wearing helmets, down from 490 for the corresponding months in 2016.

Last weekend, in an anti-drink and drive campaign, traffic police booked a total of 151 drivers out of a total of 1,581 random checks for driving under the influence of alcohol while 735 drivers were booked for speeding offences.

Over the same weekend, 450 drivers and passengers were fined for not wearing a seatbelt and 71 motorcyclists were booked for not wearing a helmet.

According to police spokesman Andreas Angelides, the police, based on a specific programme will continue their campaigns in an attempt to reduce fatal traffic accidents.

“As the statistics show, there seems to be a problem with speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol for some drivers,” said Angelides adding that the data collected is being utilised to improve the police’s planning for public safety.

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