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Traffic fatalities down over Lunar New Year

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
Police recorded 29 traffic deaths. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Interior Ministry’s traffic police department yesterday said at least 29 people were killed and 65 others injured in traffic accidents during the three-day Chinese New Year break.

In a report, traffic police said that from Monday to Wednesday, speeding, drunk driving and reckless manoeuvering resulted in 52 accidents.

It noted a decrease in the number of deaths and injuries compared to data from the same period last year, when 37 people died and 74 others were injured in 54 accidents.

Lieutenant General Run Roth Veasna, director of the traffic police department, yesterday said the data is a positive sign that people are obeying traffic laws more so today than they were a year ago.

“The important thing is participating together to respect the law, especially when it comes to drunk driving,” Lt Gen Roth Veasna said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Facebook reminded travellers to respect traffic laws and avoid accidents during the Chinese New Year break.

“People, please respect traffic laws and understand one another – do not overtake while on a bridge or narrow roads,” Mr Hun Sen said. “Please avoid driving big trucks so that an accident that we would regret for the rest of our lives would not happen, especially during Chinese New Year.”

Last month, Interior Minister Sar Kheng warned that the number of fatalities in traffic accidents could double this year if preventive measures were not taken.

Mr Kheng, who is also chairman of the National Road Safety Committee, said the committee requested for the cooperation of national and sub-national leaders to prevent traffic accidents.

“Speeding, drunk driving and not respecting the law are all reasons why traffic accidents occur,” he said.

Last year, a total of 3,267 traffic accidents occurred throughout the country, killing 1,761 people and injuring 4,770 others, according to police.

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