Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Road collisions rose in February, officials say

Road collisions rose in February, officials say

Road collisions rose in February, officials say

THE government has counted 538 total traffic collisions for the month of February, up from 407 in January – an increase that officials attributed to Sinospheric Lunar New Year celebrations.

The accidents resulted in 164 deaths, an increase of 26 over January, said Preap Chanvibol, director of the Department of Land Transport at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. In addition, there were 890 injuries stemming from the accidents, 457 of which were identified as “serious”.

“Comparing January and February, traffic accidents have increased, but this is mostly because of the Chinese New Year holiday,” he said.

He noted that the government’s February statistics would likely differ from those compiled by the Road Crash and Victim Information System,
which have yet to be released. RCVIS reported 670 accidents in February 2009.

Preap Chanvibol also said that enforcement of a regulation stipulating that motorbike drivers must wear helmets had increased.

The government is currently weighing a proposal to increase the helmet fine from 3,000 riels to 21,000 riels (about US$5), which traffic safety experts say could dramatically reduce road deaths.

There were 12.6 road fatalities per 100,000 Cambodians last year, up from 12.2 per 100,000 in 2008.

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not