Road death fatalities drop

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One of the many accidents involving vehicles transporting garment workers. KT/Mai Vireak

Traffic accidents fell by 11 percent last year to 3,700, with 1,700 deaths and 6,600 injuries.
 
Min Meanvy, the secretary-general of the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC), presented the figures yesterday in the Annual Stocktaking 2016 on Traffic Law Enforcement and Action Plan for 2017.
 
Most of the accidents were in Phnom Penh, where there were 388 cases, with 287 cases in Preah Sihanouk province and 238 cases in Kampot province.
 
Accidents fell by 443 cases, equal to 11 percent, compared with the same period in 2015. Deaths decreased by 271, or 14 percent, and injuries fell by 542, or eight percent.
 
Ms. Meanvy said that 44 percent of accidents were caused by speeding, 12 percent from driving on the wrong side of the road, 12 percent due to alcohol, 12 percent from overtaking, seven percent from turning, three percent from vehicle factors and two percent from fatigue.
 
Among the dead, 1,276 people, or 74 percent, were motorcyclists. Of these, 976 people, or 76 percent, didn’t wear a helmet.
 
In 2016, police checked 9,618,409 vehicles and found 1,481,378 in which there was an offense.  Fines were issued to 862,691 vehicles, totaling 20,496,195,000 riel ($5 million).
 
In addition, 278,218 drunk drivers were found, educated and penalized. Of these, 605 were sent to court, while 129 drivers were found with drug addictions.
 
Interior Minister and the head of the NRSC Sar Kheng said Cambodia had succeeded in reducing traffic accidents, fatalities and injuries.
 
He expected traffic accident deaths to fall by at least nine percent this year.
 
“We must strive to gather valuable experiences within a year for us to improve and implement changes in 2017,” he said.
 
He also advised provincial and city leaders to check and solve other crimes and protect security and public order as well as to get out locally to solve problems for the people.
 
Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong put the figure of Phnom Penh accidents at 505 in 2016, an increase of 31 cases over the previous year, killing 256 people and injuring 685.
 
He said: “Traffic jams and traffic accidents are problems which happen often and are regarded as the main topic to be solved annually.”
 
The NRSC says it is committed to halving the number of deaths by 2020 in line with the United Nations plan to reduce the fatality rate by nine percent a year.

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