Sad Asphalt

A road in Mundolkiri province. Photo: KY Chamna

On the morning of June 18, 2022, in Stung Treng Province, three sisters who were on their way to school, riding on the same motorcycle, were hit by a truck going at high speed. The three of them lost their sight in this terrible accident while the driver fled.   

One day earlier, a father, mother and their 4-year-old child who were travelling on their motorcycle in Kampong Speu Province were hit by a car whose driver vanished into thin air after the accident.   

Then on June 28, 2022, in Phnom Penh, a foodpanda delivery driver was left for dead by a reckless driver who had hit him with his car and fled.     

And the list goes on.

This is how it is every day on the country’s roads. Cars against motorcycles, dead or severely injured people, drivers fleeing the scene.

The asphalt gives off a smell of blood.

The asphalt gives off the tears of the families who lost their own.

The asphalt gives off angry shouts against those reckless drivers, intoxicated by their power as soon as they have their hands on the wheel, drunk, often, on alcohol.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many media outlets were posting the number of deaths due to the disease.  

Against COVID-19, there are vaccines.

Against road accidents, no vaccine. There is of course the fear of policemen. But there first must be an awareness on the part of everyone.  

As a daily booster shot, shouldn’t the media post every day the morbid number of victims of road accidents?  

In order not to forget that a car, a truck can in an instant turn into an instrument of death.

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