Traffic Accidents, Deaths, Decline

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Cambodia’s sometimes chaotic traffic is seeing slightly less accidents than one year ago. KT/Chors Sokunthea

Since the new Traffic Law was adopted earlier this year, the number of accidents, deaths and injuries has declined over a one-year period ending November 10.
 
According to figures released last week by the National Police’s traffic police and public order department, there were 4,029 traffic accidents over the past 12 months, a decline of 12 percent compared with the same period last year.
 
The report added that 1,926 people had been killed, a 15 percent decrease over the previous year when 2,265 lost their lives. The number of injuries declined by seven percent with 6,967 injuries reported compared with 7,510 last year.
 
The department of traffic police and public order said there were 492 accidents in Phnom Penh and 311 in Preah Sihanouk province. Kampot, Takeo, Battambang and Pursat provinces saw between 220 and 250 accidents each.
 
Ear Chariya, director of the Institute for Road Safety, told Khmer Times yesterday that the decreased figures reflect positive implementation of the new Traffic Law.
 
Mr. Chariya said that traffic police monitor the main national roads into and out of the capital and check traffic in a greater number of locations compared with previous years. He added that informing the public about road laws has also improved.
 
“We still see a lack of restrictions. The main cause of accidents is speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol. More than 65 percent of road deaths are caused by these two reasons,” he said.
 
Mr. Chariya said that regulation of speeding and drunk driving was still weak and if traffic police do not tighten enforcement then effectiveness of the new Traffic Law will remain limited.
 
Him Yan, the deputy National Police commissioner, said earlier this month that most traffic accidents sent to court are the result of speeding, driving under the influence, overtaking and errant turning or parking that resulted in traffic jams.
 
Since the new Traffic Law was announced, police have sent more than 500 traffic cases to court, of which more than 300 have been processed.

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