Cambodia Aims to Reduce Road Casualties by 50% by 2030

The Royal Government of Cambodia is committed to reducing road traffic casualties rate by 50 percent by 2030, by decreasing the number of deaths and injuries based on risk factors of road accidents and by increasing the efficiency of road traffic safety work.

This is the aim of the National Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 whose draft was approved by the plenary cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen here at the Peace Palace this morning, according to H.E. Phay Siphan, Minister Delegate Attached to the Prime Minister and Head of the Royal Government Spokesperson Unit.

The target areas are Phnom Penh capital, and the provinces of Kandal, Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Kratie, Kampong Thom, Battambang, Pursat, Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, Kampong Speu, Takeo and Kampot.

In about 10 years of implementing the first National Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011- 2020, the death toll has dropped to 10.9 per 100,000 people in 2020 and to 10.1 in 2022.

The economic losses due to road accidents were estimated at some US$379.2 million last year, according to a study by experts of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Major causes of road accidents in Cambodia are excessive speeding, disrespect for the priority rights, drink driving, not wearing helmet, overtaking and turning in dangerous situations, and so on.