Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sar Kheng, warned that the number of traffic deaths could double in 2019 if Cambodia does not take measures to prevent/reduce traffic accidents. He put out this warning at the meeting at the Interior Ministry on Friday, Jan. 18, which looked toward new directions the ministry must take.
Min Meanvy, a secretary of state at the Public Works and Transportation Ministry, noted that 3,267 traffic accidents occurred nationwide in 2018, (down 7% from 2017), causing 1,761 fatalities (down 1%) and injuring 4,770 (down 14%).
“Most traffic accidents happened in Phnom Penh, Kandal, and Preah Sihanouk provinces.” she said. That averages to five dead and 13 injured every single day of the year.
She listed the accident causes: speeding – 37 percent, right of way violation – 17 percent , reckless overtaking – 11 percent , drunk driving – 5 percent; the remaining factors are vehicle malfunction (e.g. brake failure) and road conditions.
Sar Kheng cited the WHO’s Global Road Safety report that states that road accidents world-wide kill around 1,2 million people, injure about 50 million, and negatively affected the economic every year.
“For our Cambodia, according to the road safety experts, it is estimated that if no effective measures are taken, the death toll would rise to 3,200 people by 2020,” he warned.
In order to continue and better the work of the National Road Safety Committee in 2019, Minister Kheng requested the national, provincial, and communal leaders to push forward to achieve the goals set, and master the challenges with sustainability, transparency, efficiency and accountability in a spirit of high responsibility.