Cambodia Set for UK Royal’s Award for Traffic Safety

Cambodia is set to receive a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award this week, in recognition of the country’s success in reducing traffic accidents nationally, officials said on Monday.

“This award was the result of Cambodia’s efforts to implement the Traffic Law since January, which have received good results, including decreasing deaths and injuries by traffic accidents,” said Chhuon Vuon, deputy secretary-general of the Nation Road Safety Committee.

This year, traffic accidents are tracking about 11 percent lower than last year, Mr. Vuon said.

Traffic-related deaths are estimated to be about 15 percent down, and injuries about 7 percent, he said.

Ear Chariya, director of the Institute for Road Safety, said Cambodia’s win marked a positive step, but there was much more work to do.

The declining number of traffic-related deaths and injuries “has shown that we have received some positive results, but officials have to pay more attention in order to further decrease the number of deaths,” he said.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng, the road safety committee’s chairman, is set to receive the award in London today.

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