The Court of Magistrates has asked the authorities to step up enforcement on the Siggiewi bypass, which in the Court’s words was often used like a race-track by drivers, even after the installation of speed cameras.
The Court, presided over by Magistrate Joe Mifsud, delivered the decree in connection with a judgment which found the driver of a Subaru Impreza guilty of careless and reckless driving which had caused an accident.
The incident took place in April 2016, when the prosecution claimed that Robert Galea’s accelerating Subaru Impreza ended up in the opposite lane in Mgr Michael Azzopardi Street, overtaking three cars.
The driver of a car which was being driven in the opposite direction crashed into a tree and steered the wheel in this direction so as to avoid crashing into the Subaru.
The dynamics of the accident were confirmed by the driver who crashed into the tree and by passenger who were with him, as well as by the driver of a van – one of the vehicles overtaken by the Subaru.
All the witnesses said they did not manage to get a look at the number plate and did not recognise the driver because of the tinted glass, but information received by police led them to Galea. Galea denied his involvement, but it transpired that Galea had actually travelled on this particular road that day, using the same car, to access his uncle’s field.
The Court found Galea guilty of negligent driving and of contravening double white line markings and fined him €200. Galea’s license was also suspended for seven days.
The Court also noted that speed cameras were obviously insufficient deterrents and that mobile speed cameras should start to be used by the police.