Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - KNY crashes up slightly



KNY crashes up slightly

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Officials inspect a traffic accident scene last week in Mondulkiri province_National Police statistics show a 7 percent increase in traffic accidents over Khmer New Year as compared to last year. Photo Supplied

KNY crashes up slightly

Road crashes over the huge Khmer New Year holiday migration rose only slightly year-on-year despite rapidly increasing vehicle ownership. But motorcyclists were shockingly vulnerable, involved in more than 90 percent of all accidents.

Statistics collected by National Police between April 13 and the 17 recorded 121 traffic accidents compared with 113 last year. The number of deaths did not increase significantly, rising to 55 from 52 in 2016. The number of people injured rose slightly, to 239 from 226 a year ago.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Officials help carry a victim of a road accident in Battambang province_ National Police statistics show a 7 percent increase in traffic accidents over Khmer New Year as compared to last year. Photo Supplied

Police said 44 accidents were caused by speeding and 22 by drunk driving. Motorcycles were involved in 91 percent of accidents and 90 percent of motorcyclists weren’t wearing helmets. While the Kingdom’s Traffic Law mandates helmets, the rule remains widely flouted and enforcement is sporadic.

Ear Chariya, the director of the Institute for Road Safety, called for tougher messages about the dangers of drink driving and speeding. “The government needs to raise awareness through media platforms and education from primary school to university.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

  • Phnom Penh underpass opens to ease traffic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced a temporary opening of the 488m underpass at the Chaom Chao roundabout in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district, which was recently completed to connect traffic from National Road 4 to Russian Federation Blvd. The move is to reduce

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from