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Cameras cut road deaths by 18% in two years

Photo-labeling system achieves historic low in road deaths


The two-year operation of the photo-labeling system, initiated on 1/1/2022 with four mobile and four fixed cameras, has witnessed a remarkable success in enhancing road safety.

As reported by Philenews, a notable 18% decline in road deaths in 2022 and a further reduction to 34 deaths in 2023 mark a significant improvement.

Despite this success, challenges persist in handling the massive data generated by the cameras. Out of 357,870 recorded violations, 233,572 have been settled, leaving 42,179 cases pending for legal action. Identifying the drivers responsible poses a hurdle, particularly for companies where delays occur in confirming the driver's identity.

Assistant Director of Traffic Police, Haris Evripidou, highlighted a decreasing trend in complaints, indicating improved driver compliance. However, challenges linger in clearing incidents, with 124,298 pending cases awaiting resolution.

A legislative push is underway to address issues with drivers failing to collect extrajudicial documents. Proposed measures include notifying drivers via SMS or email to ensure timely awareness.

Traffic police data for 2022 and 2023 reveal a substantial issuance of extrajudicial documents, with Nicosia accounting for the highest number. In 2023, 191,105 documents were issued, with speeding violations topping the list.

The system's expansion in 2024 includes the installation of 66 fixed cameras in 23 locations, bringing the total to 90 fixed and 20 mobile cameras. The Ministry of Justice acknowledges challenges, including contract issues and outdated databases. Efforts are underway to address these concerns, with training for camera operators, improved instructions, and database updates planned.

Despite these challenges, the overall success of the system in reducing road fatalities underscores its significance. A bill addressing identified problems is pending, aiming to enhance the efficiency of the system and further improve road safety.

[With information sourced from Philenews]

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