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Traffic Deaths Down in 2016

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Few people are aware of the new traffic law. KT/Chor Sokunthea

In the first 11 months of the year, the number of traffic accidents is down 12 percent, Interior Ministry officials said last week.
 
Him Yan, the deputy National Police Commissioner, told the National Police website that there have been 3,338 reported traffic accidents, down from 3,789 during the same period last year.
 
“The number [of accidents] not only decreased, but also the number of dead and injured decreased as well,” Mr. Yan said. “There were 1,576 people who died and 5,962 people were injured in 11 months.”
 
The figures for the number of people injured or killed in traffic accidents fell nine and 12 percent respectively compared with last year.
 
Phnom Penh, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Pursat provinces all had the highest number of traffic accidents, while northern provinces like Preah Vihear, Stung Treng and Pailin province had  fewer.
 
“The reasons that cause traffic accidents are overtaking while driving, turning [right or left] and drunk driving,” he added. “Our police officials are continuing to implement the road traffic law and have especially broadcast about this law to people and communities.”
 
Ear Chariya, the director of the Institute for Road Safety, told Khmer Times  last month that the decrease in traffic accidents reflects the broadening rollout of the new traffic law, but said he wanted to see traffic police do more to restrict speeding and driving under the influence because more than 65 percent of all road deaths are caused by these two factors.
 
According to a survey released late last month by Stakeholder Engagement and Support, more than half of the country’s residents have little to no understanding of the new traffic law introduced earlier this year.
 
The government has repeatedly said it is trying to expand awareness about the law, but few residents, when asked about the law, could identify any changes in the rules.

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