A University of Cyprus study into curbing the high number of road fatalities has been submitted to the Justice Ministry and calls for harsher penalties for offending motorists.
According to the study, tougher penalties need to be imposed on reckless drivers including a jail sentence of up to ten years for causing a fatal traffic accident. The same study also claims that the island is the most lenient within the EU when it comes to passing down fines and jail sentences of reckless drivers.
A total of 21 suggestions for the reduction and the prevention of road deaths were submitted, which include a drastic rise in penalties for traffic violations. One suggestion calls for motorists found guilty of causing a fatal road accident needing to serve a ten- year prison sentence as opposed to the maximum four-year term.
The study points out that the increase in penalties should apply to repeat offenders and especially those that drive under the influence of alcohol, motorcyclists that do not use crash helmets and motorists caught driving without seatbelts.
There is also a call for the current 12-point system to be slashed down.
Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou recently stated that he was considering a ‘traffic violators school’ where motorists, instead of paying fines, will be forced to attend lessons to learn the rules of the road.
The study was made by Professor Andros Kapardis, who head of the University’s Legal Department, along with two associates, and was financed by the Insurance Association of Cyprus, the Motor Insurance Fund and Insurers Institute and was submitted to the Traffic Department and the Chief of Police Zacharias Chrysostomou, to add their suggestions.
Discussions between the various interested parties are expected before a draft...