The National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) is campaigning to educate the public regarding Cambodia’s road and traffic laws before the Water Festival holiday by distributing thousands of motorcycle helmets and safety information pamphlets to people.

The NRSC secretariat-general, the Department of Road Traffic Safety and the Department of Public Works and Transport in Kandal Province along with the traffic police launched the campaign on November 18 along National Road 1 near Kokir Market in the province’s Kien Svay district.

Ministry of Interior secretary of state and the committee’s secretary-general Min Minavy said that the number of deaths from Covid-19 have dropped significantly but road casualties were increasing.

“[We] have to obey the Road Traffic Law. Do not drive faster than the speed limit, respect the right of way while traveling and especially stay in your lane. We have to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle – no matter how near for far it is,” she said.

NRSC said that the campaign was launched to educate drivers and raise awareness about safety issues and remind people to consistently obey Cambodia’s traffic laws in order to reduce the number of road accidents.

The campaign also included a question-and-answer programme and the distribution of 150 helmets, 300 copies of the Road Traffic Law, 300 instructive pamphlets on traffic safety and 500 reflective stickers saying “Today, Tomorrow, No Accidents”.

NRSC also launched a similar campaign on November 15 along National Road 6 near Mok Kampoul district hall in Kandal province and over 1,000 helmets and other documents were distributed free of charge.