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Cyprus police crack don on jaywalkers to aid road safety (sorry URL not working at first)

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  • Simon Baddeley
    Cyprus police arresting and fining pedestrians for being risking being run down by cars: Cyprus cracks down on errant jaywalkers Cyprus police yesterday began
    Message 1 of 1 , May 18 1:34 AM
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      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
      designated crossings.

      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 islandĀ¹s 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)

      http://tinyurl.com/6jrnn6

      But there's a lively debate about the foolishness of this policy by Doros
      Achilleos in Cyprus forums - which is encouraging.

      http://www.cyprus-forum.com/cyprus17651.html

      The arguments are being more widely understood and the habit of 'victim
      blaming' no longer goes unchallenged.


      Simon
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