Traffic police will be watching out for distracted drivers this week, during a weeklong campaign against drivers using their mobile phones or otherwise not driving hands-free.
Starting from Monday October 29 through Sunday November 4, officers will be out and about warning drivers and issuing tickets to those who violate the hands-free driving rule.
Officers are given discretion whether to issue citations on a number of offences, including talking on the phone, eating or applying makeup
A police statement on social media drew particular attention to texting, which is believed to be a major distraction for drivers as they try to compose a text message on their phone while trying to remain alert on the road.
“Composing a text message contributes to causing drivers pay attention to their phone screen instead of the road,” the post said.
It is illegal in the Republic of Cyprus to drive while either one or both hands are not freely being used in the operation of the vehicle. Officers are given discretion whether to issue citations on a number of offences, ranging from talking on the phone, grabbing a bite to eat, applying makeup, and other activities.
Police said this week will be focused primarily on texting and using mobile phones without hands-free while driving.