The number of deaths on Cambodia's roads is at its highest level yet, having nearly doubled in four years. Yet efforts to improve road safety seem unlikely to lower the death toll.
Five years ago, around 900 people died on Cambodia's roads annually. By 2009, that number had risen to more than 1,700.
Last year, more than 300,000 vehicles were registered in Cambodia, compared with just 38,000 vehicles in 2004. Most are motorbikes, and they provide none of the protection of a car.
So it is hardly surprising that the number of road deaths has increased. Road safety campaigners fear that if nothing is done, the problem will get much worse.
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