Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - August’s road deaths up despite fewer accidents

August’s road deaths up despite fewer accidents

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A road accident in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district in August. Hong Menea

August’s road deaths up despite fewer accidents

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng called on people to obey road traffic law and respect other road users’ priorities to reduce accidents.

The call came as an official report showed that road traffic fatalities increased last month, though the number of accidents decreased.

The report released on September 1 said there were 199 traffic accidents nationwide, a decrease of nine, and 241 injuries, a decrease of 41. But traffic deaths had risen to 123, an increase of 16 from July’s road toll of 107.

Sar Kheng said the increase in traffic deaths in August was when people had travelled during the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, or Sen Kbal Teuk, which saw 15 deaths and 32 injuries. People also travelled every weekend after the Covid-19 situation had improved and the number travelling continues to increase.

He added that the number of traffic accidents in August 2021 compared to August 2020 was 79 or 20 per cent less. The number of injuries had decreased by 199 people or 45 per cent, and an increase in deaths a change of two per cent.

Sar Kheng continued to ask the public to respect the Road Traffic Law at all times and to be careful when on the road and respect the safety of others.

“As a chairman of the National Road Safety Committee, I would also like to remind officials responsible for administering the Road Traffic Law to strictly enforce the law without exception or personal sympathy. This duty is to protect the happiness and security of our people,” Kheng said.

Traffic accident expert and consultant Kong Ratanak said that Cambodia was already working to achieve a decrease in the road toll. However, Cambodia had not yet reached its goal because Cambodia still lacked financial resources and investment in the security field.

“We have seen a lot of effort applied to education and spreading information, tightening the law and improving road infrastructure,” he said. “The road safety sector requires the participation of everybody, in particular road users to respect the law and try harder to learn how to prevent and solve traffic problems.”

Citing the August report, Ratanak said traffic accidents remain major and important challenges. Accidents have to be considered a top priority.

“The average death toll was four to five a day a long time ago,” he said. “I understand that if these figures shown are the ones collected from comprehensive accident data, it shows an improvement in the accident situation because in previous years, the average death toll was five to six a day.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Cambodia seeks probe into 'false reports' on Hun Sen's alleged Cypriot passport

    Minister of Justice Koeut Rith on September 6 wrote a letter to his Cypriot counterpart Stephie Dracos requesting cooperation in investigating and providing the truth in relation to the "exaggerative and false allegations" that Prime Minister Hun Sen holds a Cypriot passport. In his letter, the