Traffic Deaths See 12 Percent Increase, Police Point to Increased Cars

Last month, Interior Minister Sar Kheng seemed almost hopeless at the ministry’s efforts to curb road accidents and deaths, making a call for any stakeholders to provide new solutions for the issue.

A National Police report showed that there was an increase in the number of people killed in road accidents in 2019, with the authorities recording 1,981 deaths last year.

The report, accessed by VOA Khmer on Thursday, showed that there were 4,121 accidents in 2019, resulting in almost 2,000 deaths and 3,919 people with serious injuries. This compared to 3,267 road accidents in 2018 and 1,761 deaths.

Mann Sophanna, who works at Department of Traffic Police and Public Order, said there had been an increase in people driving rashly or under the influence, which was made worse by a significant increase in vehicles on Cambodian roads.

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