Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Road accidents, fatalities on ‘sharp decline’ in 2020



Road accidents, fatalities on ‘sharp decline’ in 2020

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The number of road accidents nationwide last year had decreased significantly compared to 2019. Hean Rangsey

Road accidents, fatalities on ‘sharp decline’ in 2020

Minister of Interior and chairman of the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) Sar Kheng said late on December 31 that the number of road traffic accidents nationwide over the course of the year had decreased significantly compared to 2019.

Sar Kheng cited a report indicating that there were a total of 3,179 traffic accidents last year, a 23 per cent decrease of 942 from the total 4,121 accidents which occurred in 2019.

“The reduction in traffic accidents in 2020 has lowered the number of fatalities by 335, down 17 per cent from 2019 when accidents claimed the lives of 1,981 people. In 2020, the death toll has dropped to 1,646.” Sar Kheng noted.

The number of accident-related injuries also decreased by 1,455, or 24 per cent, from 6,141 to 4,686.

“Based on these results, on behalf of the NRSC, I would like to express my appreciation and praise to authorities at all levels who have been actively involved in the implementation of the traffic law and road users for their cooperation,” Sar Kheng said.

He urged traffic police and citizens across the country to continue to respect traffic laws in order to protect lives and enable further reductions in traffic-related deaths and injuries.

NRSC secretary-general Min Manavy also expressed concerns about the frequency of road accidents in Cambodia as the death toll was still high and most fatalities were motorcyclists, many of whom did not wear helmets.

“This issue requires all road users to concentrate while driving and strictly comply with all traffic laws,” she said.

On December 29, Prime Minister Hun Sen called on citizens to be careful and reduce traffic accidents.

“Covid-19 is brutal and fast spreading, but so far no one in Cambodia has died from it. Traffic accidents, however, result in deaths every day. That’s why we all need to pay more attention.”

According to a report by the National Police, over the first two days of this year, there were 28 road accidents nationwide, resulting in 13 deaths and 31 injuries.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Preah Sihanouk hit with travel ban

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration has announced a temporary travel ban to and from the province, except for ambulances and trucks transporting goods. The announcement came after prime minister Hun Sen called on people in the province to travel only if necessary, and that people not

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • AstraZeneca jabs touch down in Phnom Penh airport

    The first shipment of 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SII vaccine which was provided through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility was delivered to Phnom Penh International Airport on March 2. The rest of the COVAX provided vaccines will arrive in Cambodia at a later date.

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese