Tue, 31 Jan 2023

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- At least four people on average are killed and 11 injured every day due to road accidents in Cambodia, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said here on Wednesday.

"Seventy-nine percent of the dead were motorcyclists, and 74 percent of them were unhelmeted," he said in a speech marking the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

"The main cause of traffic accidents was speeding, followed by neglecting to give way and not driving on the right side of the road," he added.

Kheng, who is also Cambodia's deputy prime minister, called on motorcyclists to properly wear helmets, and drivers to fasten their seat belts, saying that helmets and seat belts are crucial to protecting their lives in case of an accident.

Road accidents are the leading cause of deaths and injuries, costing the country about 466 million U.S. dollars a year, according to a report jointly released by the United Nations Development Program in Cambodia and the National Road Safety Committee last year.

The Southeast Asian country recorded 1,342 deaths and 2,004 serious injuries from road traffic accidents during the first nine months of 2022, the National Road Safety Committee said.

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