09 May 2014 18:59

A set of newly installed speed cameras will put the brakes on boy racer-activity along a notoriously dangerous road in the capital once they begin operating next week, Traffic Police Chief Demetris Demetriou said on Wednesday.
Speaking to The Cyprus Daily, Demetriou confirmed the two cameras which were installed on Wednesday along Grivas Digenis Avenue in the Engomi area of Nicosia will target young drivers who have for years been using the long stretch of road as a private racing strip.
"This is a very well known problem spot for the authorities which is why the cameras have been installed here as a matter of priority."
The chief confirmed that traffic officers yesterday received their second day of training for using the cameras which are expected to be operational before the end of next week.
"The private company that installed the two fixed cameras is training our officers on how to use the system which will be operated entirely by the traffic department."
According to Demetriou the cameras have been strategically placed near the McDonalds, and Metochi tou Kykkou traffic lights where the most frequent speeding and reckless driving offences are recorded.
"They (boy racers) have been upsetting residents and reeking havoc on this road for some time but the party is over now.
"Anyone who breaks the speed limit or endangers other motorists will be caught and appropriately punished."
Aside from Grivas Digeni Avenue other roads identified by Traffic Police as danger hotspots include Coral Bay Road in Paphos and Akakiou Avenue in Polis Chrysochous.
The Ministry of Communications is currently preparing to launch tender for an islandwide speed camera network that is expected to be up and running by February next year.
The newly installed cameras in Engomi will operate independently from the wider network.
According to statistics issued by the Justice and Communications Ministries, Cyprus' previous camera system successfully managed to reduce road accidents by 35% during its short lived pilot run.
It was cancelled by the Tender Board in 2007 for not meeting technical specifications and resulted in a lengthy legal battle between the state and private company that installed it.


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