DPM Sar Kheng: No Reinforcement, Traffic Accidents Will Continue Rising in 2020

Rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia is rising to an alarming level, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng said when chairing the annual meeting of the National Road Safety Committee here in Phnom Penh recently.

Without law reinforcement, the traffic accidents will continue increasing in 2020, underlined Samdech Sar Kheng, highlighting that in 2019 traffic incidents increased 854 cases or 26 percent compared to 2018.

In 2019, there were 4,121 cases of road accidents killing 1,981 people and injuring 6,141 others, said the deputy prime minister.

There were an average of 5.4 deaths caused by road accident per day, and those incidents happened mostly in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kampong Speu and Preah Sihanouk, he added.

Samdech Sar Kheng called on competent authorities to reinforce traffic law and take timely actions on the issues and encouraged necessary amendment of relevant laws and regulations in order to ensure effective handling of traffic accidents.

Cambodia currently has over 5.3 million vehicles, up 37 percent, including 4,555,221 motorbikes and 783,173 cars.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press