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Roads claim 18 lives since beginning of 2019

June 18, 2019 at 4:14pm
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There have been 18 road fatalities in Cyprus so far in 2019, six of them in the past 19 days.

Tasos Asikkis from the traffic police unit at police headquarters told Radio Active that 18 people were killed in 18 collisions since the beginning of 2019.

The latest victim was a 17 year old biker who sustained critical injuries in Protaras on June 7 and succumbed to his injuries in the intensive care unit of Nicosia Hospital on Monday.

In the same period last year, a total of 22 people had been killed in 20 traffic collisions.

Asikkis said that of special concern was the fact that ten of the 18 victims were bikers many of whom were not wearing a helmet. In several instances, the bikers were cut off by cars, he added.

He noted that there are about 50,000 moped and bikes on the roads out of a total of 800,000 vehicles.

A road safety campaign focusing on mopeds and motorbikes is currently underway, he added.

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