PHNO PENH, July 8 (Xinhua) — Cambodia has recorded more than 6, 000 casualties in traffic accidents across the country in the first six months of this year.
A report by Ministry of Public Works and Transportation showed on Thursday that from January through June this year, there have been 3,040 traffic accidents, which resulted in 931 deaths, 2,853 serious injuries and 2,562 slight injuries.
However, if compared to the same period last year, the number of deaths in traffic accidents declined 0.31 percent, the number of slight injuries declined 14 percent, but total traffic accidents rose 7 percent and the figure of serious injuries also increased 7 percent.
In the first six months last year, the Ministry recorded 3,257 cases of traffic accidents, which caused 934 deaths with 2,669 critical injuries and 2,986 slight injuries.
The statistics showed that since 2000, the number of traffic accidents has been on steady increase.
In the year 2000, there were 2,951 accidents and 401 deaths, while in 2003, there were 3,760 accidents and 824 deaths.
The accidents also damaged 3,520 motorbikes, 975 cars, 315 trucks in the first six months this year.
Cambodia has been alarmed with traffic accidents in recent years.
Last year, Cambodia recorded a death toll of 1,717 and a lost of 248 million U.S. dollars by traffic accidents across the country.
Drunken driving and disrespect to traffic rules are blamed for the accidents in the country.
by Xiong Tong