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Additional traffic signs introduced

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Traffic during rush hour in Phnom Penh. KT/Mai Vireak

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has introduced new road signs in a bid to aid driver safety and reduce traffic accidents.

The ministry issued a statement on Sunday, in which it noted that 12 new road signs shall be placed along the Kingdom’s roads.

“If seeing these signs, drivers have to slow down and must follow the meaning of the sign,” the statement said.

The signs will indicate road crosses, junctions and winding roads for motorists, the ministry said.

The ministry added that the 12 signs will feature reflective material to ensure motorists can easily spot them along the roads.

The signs will be in two kinds of yellow, with black directional arrows to represent changes in the road.

Chan Dara and Nou Vathanak, spokesmen for the ministry, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Transport Minister Sun Chanthol, chairman of the National Road Safety Committee, said on Thursday that the signs are needed because so many motorists continue to disobey the Traffic Law.

He added that he hopes the signs help improve road safety and reduce traffic deaths.

“Some of our citizens these days do not obey traffic laws properly,” he said. “Motorcycles are driven on the wrong direction and some of them don’t wear helmets, which could cause injury or even death.”

Khourn Leanghok, a Phnom Penh resident, said that some signs in cities and along national roads were damaged or missing while traffic law enforcement needs to be more disciplined.

“The habit has already become the norm, which is difficult to change,” he said. “People just don’t pay attention, so there must be more participation from all stakeholders in order to improve things.”

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