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Over 8,000 vehicles pulled over, fined over traffic violations

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

With the new Road Traffic Law being strictly enforced across the country, traffic police fined owners of more than 8,400 vehicles for traffic rule violations.

The National Police’s report released yesterday said that from Friday to yesterday, traffic police officers fined owners of 6,527 motorcycles and 1,888 cars for breaking the traffic law.

The report said most of the violators were motorcyclists without safety helmets, mirrors, riding on the wrong lane and defying traffic lights.

It said most of the car drivers failed to wear seat belts, had no driver’s licence, were speeding, overloading with goods and going through red lights.

National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun said yesterday the law enforcement was tightened despite criticisms over hefty fines by road users.

“The officers did not want to ticket the people with hefty fines as stipulated by the law. We have no intention to affect people’s living conditions, but we want to force them to obey the law through steep fines,” he said.

“If people abide by the law, they will not spend money paying fines, and will not lose their vehicle or any family members due to traffic accidents,” Lt Gen Kim Khoeun said.

He said Sour Thy, deputy Chantrea district police chief in Svay Rieng province, was suspended for allegedly handcuffing and beating a motorist with no driver’s licence.

Institute for Road Safety director Kong Ratanak said with hefty fines in place, most of the motorists obeyed the traffic law, with some having their vehicles checked.

“This is a positive move because if no [strict] law enforcement is carried out, some drivers will continue to disobey the law. Now that the law is implemented, we see our people also changing their behaviour – respecting the law better than before,” he said.

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