Interior Minister Sar Kheng has called on all traffic police officers to continue efforts on a month-long campaign instructing motorcyclists to wear helmets. He also urged the public to continue practising safety measures after the campaign ends.
“Since we started the campaign, I have observed the efforts exerted, especially from traffic police officers across the Kingdom who have been actively executing the campaign to educate the public on traffic laws and getting all those travelling on motorbikes to wear a helmet,” Mr Kheng said yesterday on Facebook.
“I also call on traffic police officers and all citizens to participate in this month-long campaign, and after the campaign, continue to adhere to traffic laws in the spirit of safety,” he added.
He also expressed appreciation to people who have cooperated and apologised to those who were stopped by officers on the road in order to make them buy or find a helmet to wear before they were allowed to continue on their commute.
“Since this campaign started, thousands of motorbike riders were forced to stop and asked to wear a helmet every day,” Mr Kheng said.
In response to reports noting that accidents mostly involved motorcyclists without helmets, Mr Kheng advised General Neth Savoeun, National Police chief, to order all traffic police officers across the Kingdom to take action to push all motorcyclists to wear helmets.
Lieutenant General Sar Thet, Phnom Penh municipal police chief, yesterday said he urged his officials to continue to strengthen the campaign to raise safety awareness among those travelling on motorbikes, including passengers.
“Strengthening traffic law enforcement for motorcyclists and passengers to wear helmets will be conducted during the day and night for a full month,” Lt Gen Thet said. “Throughout the month, there will be no penalties for motorbike riders who are caught not wearing a helmet, but they would only be able to continue on their journey once they have helmets.”