Four fewer road fatalities were recorded this year – reaching 44 - compared to the same period in 2012, Traffic Police Chief Demetris Demetriou confirmed yesterday.
Demetriou said the authorities want to see the positive trend continue over the Christmas holidays and into the next year.
“There is always room for improvement but we still consider fewer fatalities a positive result and one we want to improve in the future.”
The chief confirmed that a new intensive road safety campaign will launch today in order to reduce accidents over the festive period - which the authorities consider the most dangerous time of year.
“We will be especially targeting young people and other high-risk groups of drivers,” said Demetriou who urged all motorists to be extremely vigilant over the holidays. “We are appealing to drivers to obey the rules of road and refrain from drinking or speeding which are the biggest killers today.” The latest road fatal crash occurred in Limassol on Thursday claiming the life of a 25-year-old man. Police said motorcyclist Thanasis Tsakanias was driving along Spyros Kyprianou Avenue when he was involved in a collision with a car driven by a 41-year-old man at around 8.00pm. Tsakanias who was wearing a crash helmet suffered serious head and body injuries and was rushed to Limassol General Hospital. Due to the seriousness of his condition, the young father of a four-month-old girl was transferred to Nicosia but died on route. The car driver took a breathalyser and tested negative for alcohol consumption.