More than 1,350 people died in traffic accidents in the first nine months of the year, a senior Transport Ministry official said yesterday.
Speaking at the launch of a six-day road safety campaign at Total Station Pochentong, transport secretary of state Min Meanvy said traffic accidents in the first three quarters of 2017 killed at least 1,357 people and injured more than 4,000.
She said 77 percent of the accidents involved motorbikes. Of those, 66 percent of the drivers were not wearing helmets.
The main causes of accidents were speeding, drunk driving, overtaking and vehicle faults.
“Traffic accidents are awful for those involved and distressing to see. We have to keep teaching people about traffic laws to prevent accidents,” she said.
Hok Sothik, director of literacy charity Sipar, said the public was becoming more aware of road safety issues, but there were still about five traffic fatalities every day.
“The rate is comparable to last year, and the number of people who were injured is also similar,” he said. “So education needs to continue for people to understand the risks.”
Sipar is taking part in the six-day road safety campaign in Phnom Penh and Kandal province.
The charity and its partners will also be promoting road safety through mobile libraries in Phnom Penh, Kandal, Siem Reap, Ratanakkiri, Kratie and Stung Treng provinces.
Asif Iqbal, managing director of Total Cambodge, said government institutions, stakeholders and the private sector must collaborate to cut traffic fatalities.
“Road safety is our duty, so we should work together to avoid traffic accidents,” he said.
Ms Meanvy called on motorbike drivers to wear helmets, be careful when overtaking, not to drive drunk, not to use phones while driving and keep to the speed limit.
“Accidents kill and disable people, so it becomes a burden for families and for society,” she said. “Please be careful.”