Nearly 30 people were killed and another 90 people injured in traffic accidents over the three-day Pchum Ben festival last week, an increase in casualties over the 2016 festival.
From September 19 to 21, there were 52 traffic accidents reported by police across the country, resulting in 26 deaths and 90 injuries, 63 of them serious, according to a police report.
“The cases of accidents, including ones resulting in deaths and injuries, increased if compared to the 2016 Pchum Ben, when were 42 traffic cases reported, including the death of 19 people and injuries to 66,” the traffic police report said.
The report said the accidents were caused by drunk driving, speeding and dangerously overtaking vehicles.
“Of the dead, 84 percent were not wearing helmets while on their motorbikes,” the report added.
This year’s traffic accidents happened mostly in Prey Veng, Kampong Speu, Kandal, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Takeo and Preah Sihanouk provinces, the report noted.