I was driving back from street 51 and right on my corner outside the international school of Phnom Penh was this accident. It was about 2 in the morning and the roads were clear of traffic. There are no need for accidents like this. In this case and as per normal a huge 4 wheel drive truck was involved. All 3 cars were over turned and crushed .

Had the people been wearing seat belts? I very much doubt it . Most cars have half a seat belt at the best. Some people might strap in as a kind of fashion statement but this does not last long.

Why would 3 cars crash late at night in the middle of the city when the roads are straight and flat? There are no hazards to speak of .

Drinking and driving . This is possible. After 8 o’clock at night most police go home to sleep. The government can not afford to police the streets at night when most of the crime happens. There are no breatherlisers . If there were it would be a publicity stunt for the tv stations .

People can drink as much as they like and not get stopped . Or if they are stopped they can pay there way out of it.

Speeding and using mobile phones at the wheel also cause accidents as does driving the car Daddy bought you with out knowledge of how to use a car or a driving license . Oh sorry you can buy those as well.

Driving with out a mobile phone at the wheel is a rare sight .

If you speed and your car is bigger than anyone else ‘s they simply get out of the way. If you hit a road baracade and destroy it you pay per panel .

If you hit a poor person just drive on. Hit and run is very common. But so is murder after an accident when the mob kills the driver before the police arrive .

If you hit a person and get caught and can not pay off the police quickly its about 1,200 per life taken paid in court to the family . Court ? Who said that? Maybe pay the police who take a 300 cut and pay the family the rest.

Well in this accident nobody was at the scene except a few police and some casual watchers . I suppose everyone else was in hospital .

They will not let you in the hospital before you cough up big dollars up front . But that is another story .


2 responses to “crashed

  1. Couple of notes:

    – a western organisation donated a load of breathalyser kits to the Khmer police for after-hours traffic stops. A high percentage of the westerners who were stopped were over the limit. 100% of Khmers stopped were over the limit. The kits were dropped as they were deemed unfair to Khmers. Or so I heard.

    “There are no need for accidents like this” – very true, although if the roads are flat and straight where you live then you’re in a small minority. I was riding along the street parallel to 51, where they just relaid the surface after the “Japanese Friendship Drainage Project”. The surface is already destroyed. 1/10 that at least 80% of the money went into govt hands, and the road was relaid using the cheapest possible materials. I nearly went into a 10-inch deep hole on my scooter after dark. Not saying it would have killed a car, but it would probably have killed me.

    (hope all’s well with you)

  2. Yes I know recently they did have a spate of breathalyser road blocks and it did not last long. Such a sorry state of affairs those stats drum up. The driving and using a phone is pretty bad. So how did you stumble across my blog? I am waiting an X 100 s and have looked at the 18-55 zoom also talking to a guy in the UK about 18 mm lens . I have some photographs at equinox at the moment.

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