Greek Police Bust Cretan Drivers for 1,400 Infringements



Greek traffic police (file photo)

Formula 1 racing may not have come to Greece yet but a recent slew of traffic convictions on the island of Crete — over 1,400 in one weekend — suggest dangerous driving is rampant on the Mediterranean island.

Police figures released Monday state that between Saturday and Sunday, 156 checkpoints targeting nearly 3,900 vehicles resulted in a wave of infringements.

There were 136 cases of speeding, 179 of non-use of seat belts and 71 of driving while under the influence.

Sixty-six drivers were busted for operating their vehicle while using a cellphone, 47 for bad overtaking, 35 for dangerous maneuvers and 16 for not stopping at the red light.