Transport Minister Sun Chanthol is to order all road construction companies to install signs at their worksites in an effort to avoid traffic accidents.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the National Road Safety Committee’s annual meeting yesterday, Mr Chanthol said he would order companies working on roads or bridges to have signs informing road users.
“We will immediately order with strict measures that all construction sites must install construction signs properly, because there have been many traffic accidents,” he said.
He added many drivers had been killed along roads under construction because they were unaware.
The order was issued as the government prepares to open a bridge in Kampong Cham province in February, National Road 11 in March, National Road 3 in May and National Road 5 in May.
Mr Chanthol said a total of 1,780 people died and 5,539 people were injured in traffic accidents nationwide in 2017.
According to a report by the National Police’s public order department, there was an increase in deaths and a decrease in injuries compared with the previous year. There were 1,717 deaths and 6,607 injuries reported in 2016.
Mr Chanthol said the ministry would review all roads across the country in an effort to install more traffic signs, especially in areas where accidents frequently occur.
He added the ministry would install traffic enforcement cameras, or speed cameras, along National Road 3 to detect speeding vehicles and punish drivers who violated the traffic law.
“When we open National Road 3 in the coming days, we will prepare the budget to buy speed cameras,” he said, adding that cameras would also be installed along national roads 5 and 11, as well as the ring road in Phnom Penh.
Mr Chanthol added the government was working to draft a sub-decree that would require all trucks to install reflective tape and GPS equipment.
“If we adopt the law for drivers to install reflective tape, it will help reduce traffic accidents at night,” he said, adding the sub-decree would be adopted sometime this year. He said GPS would track the speed and weight of the trucks.
Ear Chariya, director of the Institute for Road Safety, said the Transport Ministry should work with the Land Management Ministry to issue a directive to all construction companies that includes punishment for anyone who breaks it.
He also expressed concerned that nobody would check and control the construction sites after the directive was issued, making it easier for people to disobey.
Mr Chariya supported the plan for speed cameras, but said speed guns would be more effective.
“After instalment, drivers will know the location of the speed cameras so they will drive where there aren’t any,” he said.
He added that when police used speed guns they always changed their location, which made drivers more careful with their speed.