Traffic deaths dip slightly

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The number of deaths dropped by 19. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Nearly 1,800 people died and 5,000 were injured in traffic accidents last year, an annual report showed yesterday.

According to the report from the Interior Ministry’s Department of Traffic Police and Public Order, 1,761 people were killed and another 4,771 people were injured in traffic accidents across the kingdom in 2018.

The report noted that the figures of both deaths and injuries dropped when compared to 2017, when 1,780 people died and 5,539 people were injured in crashes.

“Nationwide road accidents in 2018 were mostly due to speeding, overtaking, disrespecting traffic signs and inappropriate driving,” it added. “Accidents occurred the most in Phnom Penh, and Preah Sihanouk and Kandal provinces.”

Run Rathveasna, director of the Department of Public Order at the Ministry of Interior, could not be reached for comment yesterday. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief, declined to comment.

Institute for Road Safety deputy director Kong Ratanak said last month that traffic accidents are still a concern for Cambodia.

“The government and all stakeholders should continue to work together to reduce them,” he said.

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