Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Road deaths crest 2014 mark

Road deaths crest 2014 mark

Onlookers examine the wreckage of a Svay Rieng bus crash that killed 19 people in May.
Onlookers examine the wreckage of a Svay Rieng bus crash that killed 19 people in May. Vireak Mai

Road deaths crest 2014 mark

The death toll on Cambodia’s roads this year is up 5 per cent from all of 2014, according to government figures released yesterday.

Traffic accidents had claimed 2,265 lives through early yesterday, 117 more than last year, deputy National Police chief Kirth Chantharith said at a capital press conference, although the number of people injured fell by 7 per cent compared to 2014.

The increase in fatalities was partly explained by a few crashes involving large numbers of people, according to deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s department of order Dy Long.

“Many people lost their lives in single incidents because of speeding, such as a crash between a bus and a truck carrying workers in Svay Rieng province,” he said referencing a May incident that killed 19. “Speed remains the biggest factor, so we will strengthen the law in the whole country.”

Interior Minister Sar Kheng added that traffic police must be bold enough to pull over even high-ranking government officials. “If a minister violates the law and traffic police officials fine him, I will promote them to the next rank,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said