Cyprus police crack don on jaywalkers to aid road safety (sorry URL not working at first)
- Cyprus police arresting and fining pedestrians for being risking being run
down by cars:
Cyprus cracks down on errant jaywalkers
Cyprus police yesterday began enforcing new traffic regulations that impose
a 9-euro (14-dollar) fine for pedestrians who fail to cross the street at
Traffic police chief Doros Achilleos said the unprecedented on-the-spot
fines for jaywalkers were essential in the fight to cut road deaths.
Six of the 26 people killed on the island¹s roads between January 1 and May
9 were pedestrians.
Cyprus has one of the worst per capita road fatality rates in Europe, even
though a police crackdown on drink driving has contributed to a reduction of
the annual death toll.
In 2004, 117 people died in road accidents. Last year, that number had
fallen to 89, 16 of them pedestrians. (AFP)
But there's a lively debate about the foolishness of this policy by Doros
Achilleos in Cyprus forums - which is encouraging.
The arguments are being more widely understood and the habit of 'victim
blaming' no longer goes unchallenged.