Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Accidents in Feb down from ’16, but still ‘high’



Accidents in Feb down from ’16, but still ‘high’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A traffic policeman directs motorists at a Phnom Penh intersection in January. Pha Lina

Accidents in Feb down from ’16, but still ‘high’

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport yesterday said the number of traffic accidents fell in February compared to both the month prior and the same period a year ago, though accidents still cost too many lives each month, an official said yesterday.

According to a ministry report, last month saw 284 traffic accidents, in which 140 people died and 418 were injured. The figures mark a decrease from January, which saw 337 accidents – with 169 fatalities and 502 injured – as well as a decrease from February last year, which saw 350 accidents – with 174 deaths and 540 injured.

However, the stats do not differ greatly from the monthly average in 2016 – 278 accidents with 131 fatalities – when a revamped Traffic Law went into effect. They are down slightly from 2015, which saw an average of 315 accidents and 152 fatalities a month.

Min Manvy, secretary of state with the ministry, said despite decreasing numbers, accidents still caused too many deaths and injuries. “All officials will continue to work hard to reduce the number of traffic accidents,” she said.

She said the accidents were mostly caused by speeding (33 percent) and drunk driving (11 percent), and added that the police fined about 37,600 vehicle owners for violations, collecting almost $217,600.

But Ear Chariya, of the Road Safety Institute, said that “there is still a lot of room for improvement”, and urged the frequent use mobile speed cameras.

Additional reporting by Leonie Kijewski

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American

  • Jab drive announced for two more Phnom Penh districts

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration on May 15 announced a first-dose novel-coronavirus vaccination campaign for Boeung Keng Kang and Sen Sok districts from May 18-31, and a follow-up second-shot drive from June 1-15. Twenty vaccination sites have been set up in a combined 13 communes across both