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Mobile traffic police units imminent

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A traffic police officer pulls over a motorist in Phnom Penh. KT/Siv Channa

National Police chief General Neth Savoeun yesterday ordered the creation of mobile traffic police units to address the rising problem of road accidents in the Kingdom.

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In a statement, he said the mobile patrols will begin next month along high-risk roads in the country.

“Because of the big increase in traffic accidents during the first semester of this year, we will be deploying the patrols along roads in Phnom Penh, Preah Sihanouk and Kampong Speu provinces, National Road 4, National Road 5 and some other national roads,” Gen Savoeun said.

He said the mobile patrols will crack down on traffic offenders and the move is aimed at preventing and reducing traffic accidents as well as educating road users to follow the laws.

“The National Police’s Traffic Police and Public Order Department will have to create a team of 30 officers, led by two deputy directors, to set up patrol units at the targeted roads where the most number of traffic accidents occur,” Gen Savoeun said.

He added the department has to train the officers in the team on proper procedures to enforce road traffic laws.

Gen Savoeun said the patrol units will be equipped with pick-up trucks, speed detection and alcohol level monitoring devices, speed cameras and walkie-talkies.

“The team will help set up similar units at the municipal and provincial police level, comprising 12 officers each,” he noted.

Gen Savoeun said patrols will start on August 5.

Kong Ratanak, Institute for Road Safety acting director, said he supports the move and expressed hope that the patrols will not be just for a short while.

“The move will help crack down on those who flout traffic laws and cause accidents, but I think the patrols should be done on a regular basis for the measure to be effective,” he said.

According to the Department of Traffic Police and Public Order, from January to June, there were 2,161 cases of traffic accidents, resulting in 3,261 injuries and 1,028 deaths throughout the Kingdom.

During the same period last year, there were 1,633 accidents with 2,399 injuries and 930 deaths.

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