Thursday, July 14, 2011

Road accidents claim over 940 lives in Cambodia in past 6 months


PHNOM PENH, July 14 -- A total of 941 people were killed and 4,331 others were injured in road accidents in Cambodia in the first half of this year, Preap Chan Vibol, director of the Overland Transport Department of the Ministry of Public Work and Transport, said on Thursday.

The figure showed that the death toll increased by one percent from 931 deaths in the first six months of last year, while the number of the injured people declined 20 percent from 5,418 injuries in the same period of last year.

He added that road accidents occurred due to increasing number of vehicles, good roads, over-speeding, violation of traffic law and alcohol driving.

The death toll of road accidents has become the No.1 killer in Cambodia among those of HIV/AIDS and mine casualties.

In 2010, 1,816 people were killed by road accidents, and 70 percent of the deaths were motorcycle drivers, according to the reports by the ministry.

The country lost 279 million U.S. dollars from road accidents last year.

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