The most fatal road accidents attributed to alcohol consumption and speed were noted during the early hours of Sunday and Friday.
According to the Police, this year, as in previous years, the hours that fatal road accidents take place are from 4am to 8am and from 12pm to pm. Another important element revealed is that the non-use of safety belts and helmet kills. 80% of dead drivers or passengers did not wear their seat belt, while 64% of dead motorcyclists did not wear their helmets. This indicated that if drivers or passengers had worn their belts, they might have still been amongst us today, just like young motorcyclists would, had they worn their helmets.
Up until November 12 of this year, we have had 44 deaths, two less than the same period last year, with statistics showing that unfortunately, these numbers will increase if measures aren’t taken. According to Police information recently reported to Parliament, out of the 44 road deaths this year, 12 where killed last Sunday morning as it also happened in 2017, while eight were killed on Thursday, seven on Saturday and six on Friday afternoon. Traffic Police holds evidence that the hours of serious and fatal road accidents of the aforementioned days are during the early hours of the morning, and are attributed to late nights, fatigue, speeding and, above all, alcohol.
The district of Limassol notes the most deaths, overtaking Nicosia which had the most deaths during the last two years. In particular, this year, 13 fatal accidents were recorded in Limassol with 16 deaths, as opposed to seven fatalities with the same number of dead people in Nicosia. Larnaca also noted many deaths, while Paphos was second, for the first time, with eight deaths in six fatal accidents. In the district of Famagusta, two lives were lost this year and one in Morphou. Of the 44 dead this year, eight were killed on motorways.
Last year, Nicosia took the lead in fatal accidents, with 22 deaths in 20 road accidents, followed by Limassol with 18 deaths, Larnaca with five, followed by Paphos and Famagusta with three and two in Morphou.
With regards to the months accidents took place, May and June are the worst months since it is during these months the most traffic accidents were recorded this year. In May, eight lives were lost and another six in June. Traffic Police attributes this to the fact that motorcycles are becoming more widely used due to good weather. Five deaths where recorded in March and October. Last year most road deaths were recorded during September and October. The same can be said for 2016.
Fifteen out of the 44 deaths this year are vehicle drivers and 11 motorcycle drivers, six were pedestrians, five car passengers, three motorcycle riders, and the rest were motorcycle or bicycle drivers. Thirty of the dead this year were Cypriots, three tourists and 12 foreigners, with a majority coming from European countries. Finally, it is noted that during the last eleven years, 624 people 591 road accidents were killed on roads in Cyprus, with the most being recorded in 2008 with 82 deaths.
Small decrease in serious crime
This year, there is a reduction in serious crime by 62 cases or 1.6%. Out of the 3,795 cases recorded last year until September, 3,733 were recorded this year. Investigation rates rose to an unprecedented 70%, the highest in a European country, compared to 65% last year.
Meanwhile, significant results are noted by road policing, which is a modern international policing method, which effectively contributes to the prevention of road traffic accidents and, more generally, fight against crime.
The Police have been implementing road policing since 2013 with a view to tackle crime more effectively and through road traffic controls.