The National Assembly passed a road traffic law on December 20 in a bid to overhaul
the rules for motorists and stem the spiraling accident rate that leads to three
deaths and 20 injuries each day. The law introduced punishments for corrupt traffic
police, people caught drunk and parents who place children in the front seats, local
newspapers reported. According to the Commercial News, traffic accidents cost Cambodia
$116 million each year. The law will come into effect in six months, Ministry of
Justice officials said.