Road Accidents Decline Amid Less Traffic, Stricter Penalties

The number of traffic accidents dropped 23 percent in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period last year, according to government figures, with an expert suggesting that there had been fewer cars on the road and that stricter penalties were working as a deterrent.

According to Interior Ministry figures, there were 2,430 road accidents causing 1,257 deaths and 3,663 injuries this year, down from 3,159, 1,521 and 4,721, respectively, for the same period last year.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng asked in a Facebook post that all drivers be careful and officers of all levels work to maintain traffic safety.

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