More than 50 dead in holiday traffic accidents

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More than 50 people died and 200 were injured in 121 traffic accidents during the five days of Khmer New Year.
 
According to an Interior Ministry report, 55 people were killed and 226 were injured, 126 of which were seriously hurt.
 
“Road accidents and deaths increased this year compared to the same period in 2016, when there were 113 accidents and 52 fatalities,” it said.
 
The majority of accidents took place in Battambang, Svay Rieng, and Kampong Thom provinces and in Phnom Penh.
 
Run Rothveasna, director of the Interior Ministry’s public order department, said speeding, drunk-driving and dangerous overtaking were the main causes of accidents.
 
However he said implementation of new traffic laws is improving, adding the National Road Safety Committee will be carrying out initiatives to educate to garment workers and transportation companies about the laws.
 
“We have a round table discussion on TVK every Thursday from 11am-12pm and welcome questions about road laws,” he said. “Traffic laws can be a success with participation from the public.”
 
Meanwhile, one person was killed and 20 were hurt when their minibus overturned due to a brake failure on a mountain in Mondulkiri province.
 
The National Police said the minibus had been taking workers from Kampong Cham province to Pech Chreada district.
 
Of the injured, eight were seriously hurt.

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