Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pchum Ben sees 26 road deaths




Pchum Ben sees 26 road deaths

Pchum Ben sees 26 road deaths

Twenty-six people died in road accidents during the three-day Pchum Ben holiday this year, according to the Ministry of Interior’s Department of Public Order and traffic police. Police recorded 52 crashes, which injured 90 people and left 63 seriously injured.

The numbers were similar to last year, when the same number of people were killed during a four-day reporting period in 66 accidents. Officials at the time said traffic crashes had dropped by about 20 percent from the year before due to the new Traffic Law implemented in January 2016.

Kong Sovan, the director of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, yesterday called on traffic police to uphold the law.

“If the traffic police are loose on the law, the driver is also like that,” Sovan said.

In the first six months of the year, 919 people died in traffic accidents. Holidays are seen as the most dangerous time to be on the road, as evidenced during Khmer New Year this year, when 55 people were killed.

“During holidays or festivals, traffic police may take time to spend with families, but there are also a lot of traffic accidents happening at that time,” Sovan said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • Cambodia, CRF win rice battle in EU Court

    The European General Court has rejected the European Commission’s (EC) request to reject a complaint submitted by Cambodia and the Cambodian Rice Federation (CRF) regarding the EU’s reintroduction of tariffs on Indica rice exports from Cambodia. A court order uploaded to the European