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2010 Youth Road Safety Year

Cyprus today signed the European Road Safety Charter with a promise from President Demetris Christofias to personally contribute a new campaign designating 2010 as the year to reduce road casualties and fatalities in young people.

"I will contact as many young people as possible and convey the message that life is valuable for them and their country," said Christofias.

The government is determined to achieve a 'drastic reduction in road accidents', particularly for young people. A dynamic effort will be made to work with youth organisations, universities, schools and local authorities, said Christofias. Measures include introducing traffic education in schools, awareness campaigns on road safety and upgrading drivers education.

One third of road fatalities and casualties are children and young people, said minister of communications and works Nicos Nicolaides.

Each year tens of people are killed in road accidents on the island and hundreds injured, some of which end up with permanent disabilities.

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