A total of 1,780 people died and 5,539 people were injured in traffic accidents nationwide in 2017.
According to a report by the National Police’s public order department, there was an increase in deaths and a decrease in injuries compared with the previous year. There were 1,717 deaths and 6,607 injuries reported in 2016.
“Most traffic accidents were caused by speeding, not respecting people turning, overtaking in dangerous conditions and driving while sleepy or under the influence of alcohol,” the report read.
“Among the 1,780 deaths, 80 percent involved motorbikes and most of the victims were not wearing a helmet,” it said.
Run Rathveasna, director of the public order department, said traffic accidents remained a concern despite the total number of accidents declining by 163 compared with 2016.
“We see that most accidents happen to motorbike drivers and they don’t wear helmets,” he said.
“Most of them are quite aware of the law but we still need to educate them more,” he added, saying that the number of drunk driving cases has decreased remarkably since enforcement of the Land Traffic Law began.
Ngan Samnang, 35, described an accident he had in November while driving from Siem Reap to Oddar Meanchey province.
“My friend fainted and I was seriously injured. It ruptured my pancreas and I fractured my skull but I had surgery and survived,” he said, adding that nobody had been killed.
He said that the driver of the car that hit him, which was carrying three people, had been driving at an unsafe speed around a bend in the road.
“I take my motorbike to work every day and I’m always careful because I don’t want to have another accident,” he said.