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420 police deployed ahead of New Year's

CITY officials deployed 420 traffic, military and other police officers at 60 different locations throughout the capital Monday as part of an effort to bolster road safety in advance of the Khmer New Year, a notoriously dangerous time for drivers and passengers.

The extra officers are to be deployed through April 17, Municipal Traffic Police Chief Tin Prasoeur told the Post, adding officials were particularly concerned about roads near the Chroy Changvar and Monivong bridges, which "are the way people travel to their birthplaces in the provinces".

 Last Khmer New Year, there were 317 road accidents nationwide, resulting in 59 deaths and 702 injuries.

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