Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday ordered traffic police to take sterner action against traffic law violators.
Speaking during a meeting with about 4,000 retired civil servants in Prey Veng province, Mr Kheng reiterated his recent plea to motorists to respect the law and each other in order to prevent traffic accidents.
He added that traffic police must take action on motorists, especially those driving motorbikes who refuse to wear a helmet and drunk drivers.
“I have appealed so many times, but it seems like no one listens to me,” Mr Kheng said. “From now on, I will have less please and instead will take more action against drivers who disregard the law.”
“We shall address this because 77 percent of accidents involved drivers without a helmet,” he added. “The government has expanded roads in order to curb accidents, but drunk driving is still a concern.”
According to a National Road Safety Committee report, 1,076 traffic accidents occurred across the Kingdom during the first three months of this year. It noted that the accidents resulted in 513 deaths and 1,592 people injured.
In other news, General Neth Savoeun, chief of the National Police, yesterday told traffic police officers to enforce the law during the upcoming Khmer New Year.
“Police must check on drivers – do not allow overloaded heavy vehicles to drive on the roads,” Gen Savoeun said. “Check how fast cars are moving, and arrest drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.”
“Police must be assigned schedules to ensure 24 hour safety,” he added.
Gen Savoeun noted that all provincial police chiefs must not only follow their own action plans, but also be prepared for incidents that could cause social disorder.
National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun yesterday said that during Khmer New Year, traffic police will issue updates and news on its social media pages about traffic and road conditions on major arteries in the Kingdom.
“Our police will post news on traffic accidents and congestions in order to inform the public,” Gen Kim Khoeun said. “We also suggest that travellers use different roads to get to their destination.”
Ear Chakrya, director of the Traffic Safety Institute, said police must focus on all corners of the Kingdom, not just common places.
“Aside from strengthening traffic laws, I think traffic police must check every street corner, not just crowded places,” Mr Chakrya said. “Security forces should be deployed to prevent criminal offences in rural areas, not just cities.”