The number of fatalities from traffic accidents on Cambodia’s roads increased by just seven in 2013, according to data released Thursday, but traffic safety groups said the actual figure is likely to be higher.
The number of deaths countrywide as a result of traffic accidents from November 11, 2012, to November 10, 2013, was 1,901, compared to 1,894 during the same period between 2011 and 2012, said Preap Chanvibol, director of land transportation at the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation.
While the number of deaths increased by just seven, the total number of accidents also increased by just 17 from 4,305 cases to 4,322, while the total number of severe injuries decreased by 183 from 4,338 in 2012 to 4,205, according to the ministry’s figures, which were provided by the traffic police.
Cheav Hak, chief of Phnom Penh traffic police, confirmed the police numbers.
“The total increase in deaths is only seven…this is the figure we totaled. It’s not a lot compared to last year,” he said.