June 21, 2013
The Coalition for Road Safety and Handicap International, funded by the Global Road Safety Partnership, together with AIP Foundation called on the Royal Government of Cambodia to take immediate action to reverse rising toll of road traffic crashes.
More than 100 stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, and international community have endorsed a joint statement imploring the government to pass comprehensive helmet legislation. This joint statement also calls on the media to promote safe road behavior and promote helmet use through all mediums and the private sector to develop internal policies to encourage their staff to respect traffic laws. Over 4000 Cambodian citizens have shown their support for the draft traffic law that mandates motorcycle passengers including children to wear helmets through online and traditional petitions.
Additional evidence-based recommendations support the target set by the government to reduce road fatalities by 50 percent by 2020. The recommendations outline firm actions towards the government’s ultimate vision of zero road traffic fatalities and span all aspects of road safety: empowering smarter road users through education; improving the enforcement of, and therefore the compliance with, traffic regulations; building safer roads; and establishing quicker post-crash response.
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