Sixteen garment workers died and hundreds of others were injured in more than 800 traffic accidents during the first half of the year, according to a National Social Security Fund report released on Tuesday.
The report was released during a workshop with Public Works Ministry officials and NGO representatives to train garment workers and their drivers on road safety.
The NSSF report said there were 815 traffic accidents in the first six months of 2018, a 28 percent decease when compared to the same period last year.
A total of 882 people were injured, a 45 percent decrease over last year’s data, while 16 people were killed, a decrease of 36 percent compared to last year’s data.
NSSF deputy director Sum Sophorn said on Tuesday that a majority of the accidents were attributed to reckless driving, noting that a programme has been set in place to instruct drivers to obey traffic rules.
“NSSF has a programme to train truck drivers to obey the law and urge them to obtain a driver’s license in order to reduce road accidents,” Mr Sophorn said.
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