Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Report: Road accidents claim 67 lives in April

Report: Road accidents claim 67 lives in April

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A traffic accident at Kampong Speu province yesterday. Supplied

Report: Road accidents claim 67 lives in April

In the first 10 days of April, 67 people have been killed and 169 injured in road accidents across the Kingdom, said a report released on Wednesday by the Department of Traffic Police and Public Order at the General Commissariat of National Police.

The report said 10 people were killed in traffic accidents on Wednesday with 26 others injured. On Tuesday, five were killed and 12 injured.

The worst-hit province this month was Kampong Speu, the report said, followed by the capital and Svay Rieng, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear and Kandal provinces.

It said most accidents were the result of exceeding the speed limit, dangerous overtaking, not respecting other vehicles’ priority, driving on the wrong side of the road, and drink driving.

Old habits die hard

Kong Sovann, a technical road safety adviser at the Ministry of Rural Development, expressed concern over the increasing road fatalities and suggested that Cambodia is far from achieving its task of reducing the death rate to zero by 2025 as planned.

“We can see that relevant authorities have made great efforts to strengthen education and raise awareness of traffic laws and road safety, but most people haven’t changed their ways."

“However, the people’s attitude cannot be changed in one day or a week. It takes time and needs regular education and a concerted effort,” Sovann said.

He raised Australia and Japan as examples, saying it took decades before those countries to successfully ensure people understood traffic laws and road safety.

“Japan took about 70 years to get to their current position and Australia spent almost 40 years,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Tuesday urged the Ministry of Education to increase the teaching of traffic laws and road signs in schools.

“Only by bringing education on traffic law, road safety and drug abuse into the mainstream of our students’ curriculum – from primary school level to high school – can we achieve success in the future,” Sar Kheng said.

He urged the relevant authorities to pay more attention to road safety during Khmer New Year and appealed to everyone to obey traffic laws, wear seatbelts, stick to the speed limit and not drive when drunk.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry issues warning over coronavirus outbreak

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday asked the public to be on “high alert” as a new virus wreaks havoc across Asia. However, no cases have been reported in the Kingdom thus far. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has raised the alarm for its similarity to

  • First case of coronavirus reported in the Kingdom

    Cambodia reported its first case of the deadly 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Monday, Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng announced. He said medical specialists detected the virus in a Chinese tourist in Sihanoukville. The minister said Jia Jianhua, 60, travelled from Wuhan city, where the outbreak

  • PM urges precaution amid virus outbreak

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday called on all Cambodians to bump up precautions to avoid contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has already killed more than 50 people in China. The prime minister told the public to remain calm but alert about the possibility of

  • Gov’t slams NGO over 2019 corruption report

    The government on Thursday slammed a report that described the Kingdom as highly corrupt. Government spokesperson Phay Siphan dismissed the latest Transparency International (TI) report as “just an advertisement of NGOs to promote their own interests”. Released on Thursday, the report puts Cambodia near the

  • NBC’s digital payments to go live in next few months

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) will launch a Blockchain-based, peer-to-peer payment and money transfer platform in the next few months, its director-general Chea Serey told The Post on Monday. Dubbed ‘Project Bakong’, the scheme already has the support of 11 banks, with many more expected

  • Gov’t answers garment buyers’ complaint

    Some of the biggest buyers in the Kingdom’s garment sector have urged Prime Minister Hun Sen to address issues faced by unions and workers – a request a senior official said was out of touch with the situation on the ground. The letter addressed to