Eleven people died in traffic accidents in the Kingdom during this year’s Khmer New Year.
A National Police report said there were 38 accidents nationwide, with 79 people injured from Monday until Wednesday.
It said the major causes of the accidents were speeding, non-observance of traffic laws, hazardous overtaking, drunk driving and vehicle malfunction.
The report stated during the same period last year, there were 109 accidents with 52 fatalities and 183 injuries throughout the Kingdom.
It said the drop in the number of accidents this year was because fewer people travelled due to fears over COVID-19 transmissions.
The National Police said most people also adhered to the government’s ban on inter-provincial travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.
The government lifted the travel ban yesterday, with many people who left for their home provinces returning to the capital, causing massive traffic jams.
In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday appealed to all motorists to drive carefully and obey traffic laws when heading back to the capital.
“Today [yesterday], traffic may be congested. People, please drive cautiously. Avoid overtaking and speeding as both can cause an accident,” he said. “Please obey the law and respect each other.”
Mr Hun Sen also instructed the authorities to manage road safety and traffic effectively so people can travel with ease.
In his message, the prime minister added: “Dear citizens, children and workers, please take precautions to protect yourself from being infected with COVID-19 by wearing face masks, and washing your hands with alcohol or antivirus gel, especially when travelling together with other passengers in the same vehicle.”
Mr Hun Sen also thanked the people for supporting the government’s measures in its fight against the virus by following the travel restrictions imposed.