| Sep 28, 2023
Safeguarding the Lives of Cambodian Students
Kampong Thom Province Ceremony
Cambodia’s rapid economic development has contributed to a drastic increase in personal power two-wheeler use and a consequential increase in annual road traffic fatalities and injuries. Road injury is the number one cause of death for young adults between the ages of 15 to 29. Young adults (20-24) are the highest of ‘at-fault’ groups for both drink-driving and speeding. (RCVIS Annual Report 2019) Road safety education is integral in protecting and safeguarding Cambodian youth.
Kampong Thom is the 11th most populous province in Cambodia and the 3rd highest province for road crash deaths. In 2020, road injuries increased by 26%. Youth suffer the most from road accidents and are found to be the ones who often disobey traffic laws, drive under the influence, and over-speed. This indicates a dire need for education to improve safe driving behavior.
In June 2023, a new province kick-off ceremony was held for Kampong Thom at Kampong Thom High School, Hun Sen Taing Koak High School, and Steung Sen High School. Approximately 900 students and 150 teachers attended. His Excellency Mr. Thong Kong, Minister of the Ministry of Tourism and High Representative of the Chairman of the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) attended the ceremony as a guest of honor. Cambodian students spent the day reinforcing their road safety skills and knowledge with interactive and fun activities. Through this holistic program, students were able to participate in motorcycle driving, helmet use, pedestrian safety training, and more. The new province kick-off ceremonies are co-organized with AIP Foundation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the General Secretariat of the National Road Safety Committee, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, and Kampong Thom provincial partners.
At the ceremony, guest of honor His Excellency Mr. Thong Kong, Minister of the Ministry of Tourism and High Representative of the Chairman of the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC), shared, “Students must firmly respect the road traffic law and always wear a helmet correctly regardless of the distance, time, and speed they are traveling on a motorcycle. While the Royal Government of Cambodia and concerned stakeholders have implemented many interventions to address the alarming road crashes in Cambodia, it will better prevent road crashes when students and teachers actively participate in educating families, relatives, friends, and people in their own community to follow the road safety rules, driving responsibly and know how to drive based on the motored vehicles they are using.”
The SAFE STEPS - Road Safety programme will continue to educate, advocate, and invest in the safe mobility of Cambodian students. Visit us here to learn more about our work and receive the latest updates.