|Crammed into dodgy truck these garment workers|
are especially vulnerable to traffic accidents.
The last five year period saw the number of crashes on Cambodian roads increase by 217%. Fatalities have almost doubled.
Little wonder when you consider:
~ A mere 6% of the over 12,000 trucks inspected for safety (a rudimentary check at best, one would think) passed the test.
~ It's estimated that more than 70% of drivers who hold car licenses only do so because they purchased them illegally.
~ A 2012 study of drivers in Phnom Penh, Kandal and Sihanoukville found that less than 30% understood traffic signs or speed limits.
~Government figures show that more than 80% of motorcyclists do not hold a valid licence.
~A police presence is almost non-existent when it is needed most; at night when the scumbags who cause most of the fatalities- drunken drivers- are about.
540 people were killed on Cambodian roads between November 10, 2012 and February 10, 2013.