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Traffic police urge motorists not to flee accidents
The Interior Ministry’s Traffic Police Department yesterday called on motorists to refrain from fleeing accident scenes.
The call was made amidst concerns regarding the death of a university student in a hit-and-run incident last week on Street 228 in Tuol Kork district.
The driver fled the scene, and news of the incident garnered national attention, prompting Prime Minister HE to call the driver “amoral”.
Speaking at a press conference at the Council of Ministers yesterday, Traffic Police Department director Lieutenant General Run Roth Veasna said the law holds motorists accountable for any traffic accident they cause.
Lt Gen Roth Veasna noted that motorists flee scenes of accidents because they are afraid of being beaten by a mob.
“Motorists need to be responsible for any incidents they cause,” he said. “I am aware that motorists flee the scene because they are afraid of being beaten.”
“I call on the public not to judge and turn drivers into victims – thus creating a new offence,” Lt Gen Roth Veasna added.
Sok Pheng, deputy president of the Council of Minister’s Council of Jurists, said drivers tend to flee after sensing danger. Mr Pheng said motorists flee not to escape being held accountable, but because they fear for their safety.
“Based on the situation, motorists could evacuate themselves from the scene, but they must appear later to reach a solution,” he said. “I would like to alert the public that mob justice is an intentional crime.”
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50592423/t ... accidents/
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