In the first week of the New Year, there were 74 accidents in the country and 27 people were injured in these accidents.
During traffic controls there were 747 drivers checked. According to a statement made by the Police Press Officer, 74 traffic accidents occurred between 2nd and 7th January in the country and 27 people suffered injuries. According to the statement made by the police, during the same period, traffic control was carried out and 5,106 vehicles and drivers were checked.
During this period, 26 of the accidents that took place were due to speeding, 18 driving too close to the vehicle in front, 19 not stopping at a junction, and 6 caused by careless driving.
The cost of damage from the accidents amounted to 466,200TL.
25 of the accidents took place in Nicosia, 20 in Famagusta, 19 in Girne, 4 in Güzelyurt and 6 in Iskele.
Of the vehicle drivers charged, there were 8 dangerous driving, 22 careless driving, 50 without licence, 37 owner not driving, 28 driving under the influence of alcohol, 82 driving while using mobile phone, 91 not obeying traffic signs, 2 not obeying traffic lights, 17 driving unqualified vehicles, 46 driving uninsured or non-covered vehicles, 7 using “A” for an unauthorised vehicle, 8 using “B” private vehicle for unauthorised use, 2 driving a motorcycle without a protective helmet, 7 not operating a taxi meter while carrying a passenger or engaging in fraudulent activity.
Source – BRTK click here
We are all well aware of the standard of driving in the TRNC and it is good to see that the Police have been taking some action. More of this is needed in the future as from the figures shown above, this is not a good start to the year.
As this news has been acquired in Turkish, we have done our best to translate it into English, but we feel it paints a very sorry picture overall. We are not aware that there were any deaths during the period in question, but 27 people injured is still far too high.