Interior Minister: Traffic Crashes in 2019 Grow at Alarming Rate

(Phnom Penh): Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, stressed that a total of 4,121 road accidents were reported nationwide in 2019, killing 1,981 victims and injuring 6,141. The number of accidents last year grew at an alarming rate.

He spoke while presiding over the annual meeting to review road safety results 2019 and set direction for 2020 held today January 21, 2020 at the Ministry of Interior.

The Interior Minister advised all concerned parties to find solutions on how to reduce traffic accidents while instilling behavioral changes in the people to make them realize and respect traffic rules all the time even without the presence of traffic police.

The National Road Safety Committee reports that this dramatic increase in traffic crashes last year belong to various factors which include narrower road structure due to a 36% increase in vehicle demand, lack of traffic signs, lack of lane dividers, poor side road management, ineffective law enforcement, disobeying of traffic rules, and lack of resources for competent authorities and police to perform their tasks.

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