Crossing Cambodia

Friday, November 30, 2007

Statistical Analysis

During the past year and half mention has often been made of the Road Traffic Accident Victim Information System, a BTC, Handicap International and Cambodian government initiative to register and provide information on traffic accidents. besides annual reports there are monthly reports which can be downloaded from the Road Safety Site.

The September 2007 report is available online and Crossing Cambodia would like to draw you more into the details:
  • Three quarter of the victims / those involved were males!
  • In September only 2% of the casualties were car drivers, nearly 10% pedestrians! [there are hardly any pedestrians and at this rate not many will be left]
  • Nearly half suffered head injuries
  • Most casualties occur from 5-8 pm
  • Three percent of the casualties were due to driving in the wrong direction
  • Forty percent of the accidents were between motorcycles, 7% were singular motorcycle accidents
  • A quarter of the four-wheel vehicles involved had the steering wheel on the wrong side
  • Only 4 % of the motorcyclists involved had helmets on
  • Nearly 40% of the casualties needed more than 2 hours to get to the hospital
  • Preah Vihear is one of the safest provinces (concerning traffic): only 3 accidents this year, Oddar Meanchey only had 9 accidents, but the figures seemed flawed: in some months there were traffic related deaths but no accidents. The same flaws seem apparent with Kep province, two accidents and three deaths
As you can see from these statistics there are convincing cases to be made to ensuring traffic laws currently described in the traffic law to be enforced, even if they would be piecemeal, i.e. making everyone wear helemets. However, ....
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