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Motorists to receive safety equipment

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The Transportation Ministry is working with UNDP to improve road safety. KT/Mai Vireak

The Transportation Ministry yesterday announced UNDP’s plan to continue cooperating with the government, along with private businesses, to reduce the number of traffic accident deaths nationwide.

Speaking during a signing ceremony between United Nations Development Programme and Grab Cambodia, Transportation Minister Sun Chanthol said that a total of 3.4 million reflective safety decals have been distributed to drivers across the country and there are more to come.

UNDP and Grab Cambodia agreed to share the costs for all sustainable urban mobility initiatives by the Transportation Ministry yesterday. Mr Chanthol added that UNDP is also planning to donate to a ministry initiative to distribute 30,000 decals in areas prone to accidents.

“Especially roads in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey – there are so many accidents there at night,” he said. “So we will plan to provide reflective safety decals for people for them to use at night.”

Mr Chanthol said that other businesses in the private sector have already donated 80,000 helmets for the ministry to distribute to motorcycle riders.

“For helmets, we plan to distribute 100,000 to motorists because we notice that accidents happen to riders without helmets,” he said, noting that 77 percent of traffic accidents involved motorcyclists and 80 percent of deaths were to riders not wearing helmets.

Mr Chanthol said that the ministry and National Road Safety Committee last year purchased about 100,000 helmets, of which 30,000 were distributed and the remaining 70,000 will be distributed this year.

Nick Beresford, UNDP country director, said that the organisation is optimistic that cooperation between the government and partners can reduce accidents.

“It is a part of [their] corporate social responsibility to develop this country by reducing accidents on the road,” Mr Beresford said.

According to Interior Ministry data, most traffic accidents happened because of speeding, reckless driving and drunk driving.

Last year, a total of 1,780 people died on the roads, while more than 5,000 were injured.

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