Road accidents kill 1,229 people in Cambodia in 1st half of 2015

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A Cambodian police officer (C) examines damage to a van after an accident in Svay Rieng province on May 19, 2015. (Photo: AFP)

PHNOM PENH, (Xinhua) — The number of road fatalities in Cambodia had risen to 1,229 people in the first six months of this year, up 5 percent compared to the same period last year, the report of the Interior Ministry’s Public Order Department showed Saturday.

About 2,514 cases of road traffic crashes were reported during the January-June period this year, down 3 percent compared to the same period last year, the report said.

Besides the deaths, the accidents had injured 4,090 others, also down 6 percent, it said.

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“In average, six people died and 22 others injured in road traffic crashes per day,” the report said, “Some 83 percent of the victims were motorists and 69 percent of them did not wear helmets.”

High-speed driving attributed to about 41 percent of the crashes, alcohol driving took some 12 percent of the accidents, and the rest of the accidents were caused by neglect driving, vehicle problems, and traffic law violation.

The government estimated that road traffic crashes cost the country approximately 337 million U.S. dollars last year.

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