School for bad drivers on the cards

THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE has prepared a study on setting up an offender’s school for drivers that systematically commit traffic offences.

Daily Phileleftheros describes plans for an “offenders School for naughty drivers” which is being evaluated.

According to the plans, courts could refer a driver who has committed a serious traffic violation to the school for a series of road-safety and driving lessons.

If the scheme is approved, it will sent to the Minister of Justice, Ionas Nicolaou for further action.

Authorities in Cyprus are currently examining ways to cut-down on road traffic accidents.

The plan appears similar to the British National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) – a scheme whereby certain drivers found committing a driving offence can be offered a training course as an alternative to prosecution.

In the year 2010-11, 41% of drivers caught speeding nationally took a course; in the following year the figure rose to 54%.

On Wednesday, it was reported that new speed cameras would be installed across the island by the end of 2017.

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