Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng seemed dejected on Sunday as he announced that there had been a 10 percent increase in traffic-related deaths for the first ten months of this year, compared to the same period in 2018.
The minister was speaking at an event marking World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Phnom Penh on Sunday, where he read out recent National Police statistics for road deaths as of October.
He said there were 1,665 deaths from around 3,400 road accidents from January to October, 151 more deaths than for the same period in 2018. Sar Kheng, striking a despondent note, said these accidents were not only killing people, but they were also a financial burden on the families of those killed or injured.
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