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How can you avoid traffic accidents?

Oul Vannet, 21, a sophomore student at the National University of Management
“Mutual understanding and respect is the best way to avoid traffic accidents. It’s the responsibility of everyone to comply the traffic laws while they’re riding, but some people just ignore or abuse them. They should realise that such behaviour harms not just themselves but other people driving next to them. If I see someone across the road while I’m riding, I’ll slow down and let them go first.Sometimes, if people make minor mistakes, I’ll forgive them. I think that by understanding and respecting one another, people can take the next step to being good citizens who comply with the law.”

Lim Tavkheang, 24, a junior student at the University of Cambodia
“I don’t use my phone while I’m riding. Some of my friends talk on the phone or send text messages while riding their motorbikes, but I never do it because I think it’s dangerous, even if it doesn’t take long. If I need to answer the phone, I will stop and talk until I finish the conversation. After that, I’ll continue my journey. And I don’t like passing other vehicles, particularly cars, while riding. I think it’s a risky thing to do.I and my friends hang out on special occasions. Sometimes I get drunk, but I never ride while drunk. I  call someone to pick me up.”

Rin Reaksmey, 22, a sophomore student at Phnom Penh International University
“I habitually ride carefully, because life can never come back once it’s gone. It’s vital to pay attention and keep concentrating while riding; that’s the best way to stay safe. My motorbike has mirrors on both sides, and before I turn left or right, I always use the indicators to show other people I want to turn. And I always look in the mirror before I turn, so I can make sure there are no  people riding next to me. And I don’t ride in the opposite direction to the traffic. If I want to across the road, I’ll wait until there’s a gap in the traffic. That’s better than trying to ride in the opposite direction from everyone else.” 

Luy Kunthea, 25, a senior student at the Royal University of Law and Economics
“Traffic accidents are horrible. I get scared just hearing about them, so I never ride fast. I go to school every day on my own motorbike, and I always ride slowly. I always have classes in the morning, so I set my alarm clock to wake me up early. I do this so I  have enough time to ride safely to school. I always do this, and it works well. I can avoid traffic accidents. I don’t like riding fast, because it frightens me. Even if I’m in a hurry, I will keep calm and ride at a steady pace, putting safety first.”

Sang Bunchay, 21, a sophomore student at the Royal University of Phnom Penh

“Complying with the traffic law is the best way of staying safe while driving. Some people don’t respect the traffic laws, so they don’t bother to observe them. I always comply with the traffic law. For instance, I always wear a helmet and fasten the strap tight before I ride. My motorbike has a mirror, so I don’t have to worry about whether the police are following me. If I didn’t wear a helmet and my bike had no mirror, I would have to try to escape from them – otherwise, they would fine me. ” 



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