The number of traffic accidents on major roads during the first two days of the Khmer New Year has been less than in previous years, officials say, but could still increase if people decide to drive drunk when returning home at the end of the holiday.
“There are so few traffic accidents here,” said Pheun Arun, chief of Siem Reap province’s investigation police department, on Tuesday. “There have been no serious accidents or injuries and there have been no robberies or crime.”
He added that in Siem Reap province, he knew of only one accident: A man on a motorcycle ran into someone riding a bicycle.
Similar sentiment was expressed by Sihanoukville Police Chief Daung Saroeun on Tuesday.
“There are so many holiday-makers during this new year…[but] the number of accidents is less than in previous years,” Daung Saroeun said. He said that there have been several accidents in the Sihanoukville area, including a car accident involving a motorcycle on Monday in Mittapheap district along National Route 4.
Also, there have been three traffic accidents since the beginning of the New Year celebration, injuring a total of six or seven people, some of them seriously. The injured were taken to hospitals for care.
Daung Saroeun said that he has been deploying police along the street in Sihanoukville, and knew of only two cases of pickpocketing in the area.
Kampot province has also remained relatively accident free this year, said Sun Sarin, deputy police chief of Kampot province.
“It seems quieter than in previous years,” he said Tuesday.