More cameras come online

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Another three sets of traffic cameras will go live in early May, following a month’s delay due to technical issues, as the network expands outside the capital for the first time.

A fourth busy Nicosia junction will be added to the system, while Limassol will see its first two sets of cameras go live in the coming weeks.

Junctions controlled by traffic cameras in the capital will increase to four, as the installation at the busy crossing of Makarios and Spyrou Kyprianou Avenues has already been tested.

Later in May, a second set of traffic cameras on the junction of Strovolos Avenue and Macheras Street is expected to go live.

In Limassol, cameras coming online are at the junction of Archbishop Makarios with Nikos Pattichis Avenues and the junction of Agia Fylaxeos-Gladstonos Avenues.

Currently, the traffic camera network is only operational in Nicosia at three points; the intersection of Griva Digheni and Demosthenis Severis, Griva Digheni and Prodromou and the junction of Limassol and Armenia Avenues.

Another set of speed cameras along Griva Digheni Avenue is also in operation but is not part of the recent contract given to US operators Conduent State & Local Solutions.

Larnaca, Paphos and Paralimni have yet to receive fixed traffic cameras.

Meanwhile, the number of mobile cameras has reached eight, with authorities expecting to receive another eight by May.

Once the €34 mln system is fully operational, there will be 90 fixed units in 30 locations and 20 mobile cameras.

According to the contract, each mobile camera will be operational eight hours a day and cannot be stationed at the same spot for more than two hours.

Police are to prosecute the first cases regarding offenders who have not paid their fines after being captured on camera.

Traffic cameras were first introduced 14 years ago, but technical and legal issues over the ownership of the platform and collection of fines forced the government to switch them off.

Cyprus has adopted the European target of a 50% reduction in road fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

Cameras record traffic light and speed limit violations, plus secondary offences such as not wearing a seatbelt or crash helmet and talking on the phone while driving.

Cyprus recorded the lowest number of road deaths in 2022, with officials pinning the success of re-introducing speed cameras.

Police reported 37 road deaths in 2022, seven less than the year before.