A Belgian man has died in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh after driving under the influence of alcohol without a helmet
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- Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2008 02:14:41 -0800 (PST)
Belgian dies in Cambodian accident
Sunday, December 28, 2008
A BELGIAN man has died in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh after driving
under the influence of alcohol without a helmet and crashing into a
truck, police said yesterday.
Van Esbroeck Guido's 44-year-old Cambodian wife told police Thursday
she had earlier refused to ride pillion on her husband's bike when he
fell off after drinking.
Police said the 48-year-old Belgian continued driving alone and later
crashed into a truck as it left a construction site.
"He was very drunk while driving, didn't have on a helmet and later
crashed into a truck that didn't give a signal when it turned," said
traffic police chief Tin Prasoeur.
"This year, the traffic accidents are still high...Our traffic police
will start to implement the new traffic law by fining those drivers
who don't wear helmets," he added.
Deaths on the roads have more than doubled in the past five years,
becoming Cambodia's second biggest killer behind HIV/AIDS and
resulting in mounting costs for the government.
In a bid to put an end to the carnage the government has pushed
through drastic new traffic laws, previously unheard of in Cambodia's
free-wheeling road culture.
From January 1, drivers' licences will be mandatory, as will helmetsfor those on motorbikes and seatbelts for motorists.AFP
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