The National Police’s Traffic Police and Public Order Department has formed a mobile traffic police unit to monitor National Road 4 and 5 in four provinces, especially in high-risk areas, to address the rising problem of road accidents in the Kingdom.
General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief, yesterday said the department has set up a mobile traffic police unit to work together with municipal and provincial police forces to monitor the roads.
He added that mobile forces will patrol National Road 4 and 5, especially in high-risk areas in four provinces, including Kampong Speu, Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Chhnang and Pursat.
However, Gen Yan did not specify when the patrols will start.
“This is a new approach to reduce traffic accidents,” he said. “Mobile forces will monitor the roads, ensuring that drivers are driving carefully.”
Gen Yan said the cooperation will strengthen law enforcement, including to ensure that drivers adhere to speed limits and priority lane regulations.
He added that patrols will take place both day and night. However, Gen Yan declined to comment on the number of officers to be deployed at any time.
Brigadier General Y Sokha, deputy chief of Preah Sihanouk provincial police, yesterday said that his officers are ready to cooperate with the department’s unit to carry out patrols and monitor the roads.
He said the cooperation will help reduce traffic accidents more effectively, adding that many drivers on National Road 4 do not obey traffic laws.
“The traffic on National Road 4 is always busy, and many drivers don’t obey the law, including speeding over the limit or dangerously overtaking other vehicles,” he said. “So if there are more forces on the road, maybe drivers will be more careful. And we can efficiently strengthen law enforcement.”
The National Police’s Department of Traffic and Public Order recently reported that from January to June this year, there were 2,161 traffic accidents in the Kingdom which killed 1,028 people and injured 3,261 others.
It said that during the same period last year, there were 1,633 traffic accidents with 930 deaths and 2,399 injuries.