1,709 Cambodian people were killed in road accidents in Cambodia this year, according to Preap Chan Vibol, director of the overland transport department of the Ministry of Public Work and Transport, on Saturday.
The number of the dead by traffic accidents this year is similar level to the death tolls of 1,717 people last year. “However, we noted that there have been more death in the cases of traffic accidents this year. In last year’s 6,200 cases occurred, 1,717 people were killed, but this year, about 5,500 cases happened, the number of the dead was still comparable to that of last year,” he said.
He said that the increasing of the road accidents was due to increasing number of vehicles, good roads, over-speeding, violation of traffic law and alcohol driving.
Up to now there have been about 300,000 cars and 1.3 million motorcycles in Cambodia.
Death toll from traffic accidents in Cambodia is the second largest killer after HIV/AIDS.
According to a study by Handicap International Belgium and Hasselt University in Belgium, road accidents cost Cambodia 248 million U.S. dollars in 2009, against 116 million U.S. dollars in 2003, said Preap Chan Vibol. (PNA/Xinhua)