Traffic Accidents Remain Major Concern for Cambodia

Number of deaths resulted by traffic accidents in Cambodia will rise to 3,200 in 2020, if there is not sufficient and effective measures to manage it, said an assessment by road traffic experts.

The gist of the evaluation was shared by Acting Prime Minister Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng, when presiding over the annual recapitulative meeting on road safety of the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) at the ministry office here in Phnom Penh yesterday.

World Health Organisation's world road traffic report ranked traffic accident the ninth social threat, claiming over one million lives and causing other 50 million injuries annually, added the acting premier.

In Cambodia, he underscored, about 77 percent of road accidents' victims are motorbike users �78 percent of them did not wear helmets.

Records from NRSC Secretary General and Secretary of State at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport H.E. Mrs. Men Manavy indicated that there were 3,531 cases of road accidents in 2017, killing 1,780 people and injuring 5,539 others.

Comparing with 2016, the number of cases dropped by 4.6 percent (or 163 cases) and number of casualties declined by 16 percent while, however, deaths increased by 4 percent.

With these mentioned, Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng encouraged all concerned authorities and stakeholders to pay extra attention to the issues.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press