Cambodia: A matter of life and death
Last Updated on 24 December 2012 By Tong Soprach Last month, a sand truck swerved to avoid a car and crashed into wedding tent erected beside National Road 1. More than 20 wedding participants were seriously injured. Who should be held responsible? The wedding party? A court has yet to address this issue. In the past, people always complained that traffic accidents were caused by bad roads. Now the roads are better, but the accident rate is still climbing. This year, road accidents in Cambodia have caused nearly 2,000 deaths and more than 4,000 serious injuries. Fatalities in road crashes outnumber deaths from HIV and AIDS. The number of deaths in traffic accidents is also 10 times higher than those caused by land mines and unexploded ordnance. Fighting on the border of Thailand left 10 Cambodian soldiers dead, causing serious concern and sparking a strong reaction by the Royal Government. Yet the carnage on our roads seems to be accepted as inevitable.