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More than 72,000 motorists issued fines since May 1

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Traffic police have fined more than 72,000 offenders since the new Road Traffic Law was strictly enforced from May 1 up to Monday.

A National Police statement said yesterday of the 72,586 vehicle owners who were fined, 53,220 were on motorbikes and 19,366 in cars.

The statement stated that yesterday there were 857 traffic law violations 644 motorcycles and 213 cars.

It said most of the violators were motorcyclists driving without safety helmets, mirrors, riding on the wrong lane and defying traffic lights, not displaying licence plates and using mobile phones while driving.

As for car drivers, most were caught for speeding, overloading their vehicles with goods and beating red lights.

The new traffic law carries higher penalties with fines raised from three to five times than previously, according to a National Road Safety Committee statement on April 17.

Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun, a National Police spokesman, yesterday told a local news media outlet that despite having to deal with the huge number of traffic rule violators, police are still committed to doing their best to facilitate with the implementation of this new traffic law.

He had said in an earlier report that between May 1 and May 2, following the implementation of the new traffic rules, traffic police officers nationwide checked and fined a total of 43,530 motorists, including 31,755 motorcyclists, for all types of offences.

Lt Gen Kim Khoeun yesterday commended all road users who have increasingly started to respect the traffic law and especially thanked traffic police officers for their dedicated efforts to strictly enforce the laws.

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