Road fatalities in Cyprus were reduced by almost half in 2013, however more effective measures still need to be taken to tackle the phenomenon, said Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou yesterday.
In 2013, 39 fatal road accidents have been recorded to date in Cyprus with 42 deaths.
Regarding the same period last year, there was a reduction in deaths from 66 in 2011 to 44 in 2012 and to 42 in 2013.
Fatal car accidents were reduced from 63 in 2011, to 44 in 2012 to 39 in 2013.
The ministry’s aim is for a further 50% reduction by 2020 in comparison to 2010.
In 2010, road deaths were reduced by 41.75% and those severely injured during car accidents by 50%.
However, Cyprus still ranks second in the EU as concerns youth road deaths, according to the European Youth Forum for Road Safety (EYFRS).
“We have achieved the EU’s target to reduce road deaths by almost 50% by the year 2010, however there is still a lot that needs to be done,” said Nicolaou.
He also said pedestrians should use pavements and wear bright clothes at night and the same applies to cyclists who should also wear a helmet.
An estimated 1.2 million people lose their lives in road accidents every year and by 2020 car accidents will be the third leading cause of death.