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Festival traffic death toll holds steady

Festival traffic death toll holds steady

The number of traffic fatalities during the 2015 Pchum Ben festival was nearly the same as last year’s, dropping just three percent.

Thirty-four people were killed in road crashes between October 10 and 12, one fewer than the 35 killed during the three-day holiday in 2014.

The festival marks one of the busiest times of year for travel within Cambodia.

Statistics released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Interior’s Department of Traffic Police and Public Order showed a total of 74 crashes during the holiday, a decrease from 77 last year.

In all, 147 people were injured, 95 seriously, during this year’s Pchum Ben, down from 156 last year.

“One hundred thirty-two motor drivers and passengers did not wear helmets,” said the report from the ministry. “Thirty-one of the cases involved speeding, while 16 involved disrespect of right of way.”

Kandal province had the the most road fatalities during the festival with four dead among six crashes.

Takeo, Kampong Cham and Siem Reap provinces followed with three dead in each. Kampot province had eight crashes but only one death.

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