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National Police dispel rumours that traffic laws are still suspended

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A traffic police officer stops a motorist on street 2004 in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Police has reminded people in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap province that traffic law enforcement came back into force on December 16 following a 15-day hiatus after the “November 28 community incident”.

Deputy chief of the National Police General Him Yan said yesterday that the National Police chief General Neth Savoeun instructed traffic police to resume enforcement of traffic laws after a 15-day suspension from December 1 to 15, due to COVID-19.

The reaffirmation from Gen Yan came after rumours that the suspension of the traffic laws in the two provinces would be ongoing until further notice.

“Since December 16, Gen Savoeun ordered police in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap province to resume traffic restrictions,” he added.

Deputy police chief in charge of traffic police in Siem Reap province, Brigadier General Teng Channath, told Khmer Times yesterday that traffic police were back in action on National Road 6 and in some districts both morning and night.

“I also want to emphasise that when the authorities suspended traffic fines, people often did not respect the traffic laws. The return of the law is a wake-up call for the people,” he said.

Brig Gen Channath said that car drivers often do not wear seat belts and often talk on the phone while driving and speeding. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, often ignore signs and traffic lights and do not often wear a helmet.

“Sometimes if they are travelling somewhere nearby, they do not want to wear helmets. Some say they are not used to it, some say they are afraid of ruining their hairstyles and some say they have  helmets but do not wear them until they see the authorities,” he added.


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