NEWS

Easter road fatalities down by nearly a fifth

A total of 38 people died on the country’s roads in the 10 days leading up to and over Easter, according to traffic police statistics released yesterday which showed however that fatalities were down by nearly a fifth compared to the same period last year. Police recorded 38 deaths between March 26, the Saturday before Easter week, and April 6, the Monday after Easter – a drop of 17.1 percent compared to last year. They also reported 56 serious injuries and 591 minor injuries. Of the 34 accidents that led to the 38 deaths, 11 occurred in Attica, police said. Ten of the dead were pedestrians run over by motorists. Traffic police had been instructed to boost inspections across Attica and at dangerous junctions and to crack down on drink driving as well as motorists exceeding the speed limit.