Motorists told to obey traffic laws as holiday nears

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The National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) is calling on the public to obey road traffic laws when travelling during the August 17-21 holidays. Hong Menea

The National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) is calling on the public to obey road traffic laws when travelling during the August 17-21 holidays.

“The National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) calls on all road users to pay attention, be vigilant and participate in obeying the road traffic laws,” the committee said in a statement.

NRSC said motorcyclists and motorists must follow certain legal mandates like wearing helmets when on a motorcycle, not riding or driving faster than the speed limit, wearing a seat belt, keeping to the right side of the road and obeying traffic signs.

Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of state Min Manvy said on Tuesday that police will continue to enforce traffic laws to prevent accidents during the holidays.

“Our authorities are not resting and continue to be vigilant, especially during the holidays. They continue to enforce traffic laws everywhere to protect the people’s lives,” she said.

Manvy said the number of traffic accidents decreased after authorities tightened law enforcement activities. “Last year there were between five and six road deaths per day, but now there are less than five fatalities,” she said.

Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation director Kim Panha said increasing education and promoting law enforcement has achieved a high momentum.

“In the past, there could have been as many as 10 deaths in traffic accidents per day. But lately, there have been zero to four deaths a day, so we see the situation improving.

“Only implementing the law in a comprehensive, serious and consistent manner day and night, transparently and proactively, can reduce the number of fatalities and injuries caused by traffic accidents to a minimum,” Panha said.

A Department of Traffic Police and Public Order report published in February revealed that last year, there were 4,121 traffic accidents, 1,981 deaths and 6,141 injuries, mostly in Phnom Penh, Preah Sihanouk and Kandal provinces.

In the first six months of this year, there were 1,596 accidents, 853 deaths and 1,501 injuries. Fatalities fell by 16 per cent.