Traffic accident data collection discussed

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The Ministry of Public Works and Transport organised a workshop on road traffic accident data collection from December 2-3. Photo supplied

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport organised a workshop on road traffic accident data collection across Phnom Penh and 24 provinces to strengthen the police’s capability to effectively gather road traffic accident data.

In its Facebook post on Monday, the ministry’s Road Traffic Safety Department announced that the workshop had been organised for two days from December 2-3 at the General Department of Transport.

“The workshop aimed to strengthen the capabilities of officials to gather traffic accident data more effectively,” the post said.

Monday’s workshop was attended by the ministry’s undersecretary of state Pen Boran, deputy secretary-general of the General Secretariat Prom Vantha, Department of Road Traffic Safety director and National Police deputy chief of public order Touch Sophea as well as a total of 50 participants from police stations in Phnom Penh and the provinces.

Boran said the workshop was intended to raise awareness on collecting traffic accident data especially since road casualties had risen.

He said accidents were caused by people exceeding the speed limit, disregarding traffic signs and road markings, driving under the influence and overtaking without considering road conditions and checking other lanes.

To reduce the number of accidents, Boran said: “It is necessary to require effective and proper action plans to prevent accidents from happening. Accurate accident data is important to establish effective action plans.”

The General Department of Road Transport director-general and General Secretariat of the National Road Safety Committee deputy general-secretary Chhuon Von told The Post on Monday that the traffic police and health officials should take up the important role of collecting traffic accident data across the country.

“Our data system is recognised in Europe. We have a working group to collect traffic accident data. In Asean, only Cambodia and Malaysia have recognition because there are two clear sources.

“As I said [earlier], traffic police collect data directly from the scene of traffic accidents while health officials collect data at hospitals,” he said.

Von said the two-day workshop was organised by the General Secretariat of the National Road Safety Committee with the assistance of UNDP.