Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Road accidents kill 38 over Khmer New Year

Road accidents kill 38 over Khmer New Year

Road accidents kill 38 over Khmer New Year

Traffic accidents killed 38 people over Khmer New Year, with a further 306 injured, officials said yesterday.

National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said that between Monday and Wednesday, 148 traffic accidents were recorded across the country.

“Eighty per cent of the victims did not wear helmets,” he said, adding that failure to abide by traffic rules was the main cause of accidents.

Chantharith said that there were 11 fewer traffic fatalities this Khmer New Year than in the previous one, while there were 32 more accidents.

“We noticed that many traffic accidents happened in Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, Kampot, Takeo and Battambang provinces,” while few occurred on the busy National Road 6 that leads to Siem Reap, he said.

Preap Chanvibol, director of the land transport department at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, said young people are most at risk of accidents.

“The people who are easily hurt by accidents are motorbike drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and most of them are youths,” he said.

Seurn Sareurn, deputy director of land traffic in the municipality of Phnom Penh, said speed and drink driving are his main causes for concern.

“Many traffic accidents have happened on National roads 1 and 5 and on Phnom Penh’s Russian Boulevard.”

Fatalities on Cambodia’s roadways increased 3.5 per cent in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2013, while road accidents as a whole rose nearly 10 per cent.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all