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As a result of some unforeseen obstacles which we believe is corruption in the Internet services industry we have been put to the test of making some adjustments and doing some research. The result is we have more unlimited material that we can share with our readers for a more in depth experience thus the creation of a Phnom Penh Archive TOP 10 report with stories dating back to the year 2000 when the column was created

 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

DANGEROUS STREETS

Tourism is growing in Phnom Penh but regardless of the growth the appropriate tact is traveler beware.

One of the most prevalent situations a tourist will encounter is having to walk in the street. That incredible situation is a result of sidewalks being used for parking vehicles or the extension of a business. The result being that one has to walk in the street.

A tourist usually travels to Cambodia after visiting Thailand. The Thailand experience can lull someone into a comfort zone and a lack of attention due to their Thailand experience where their government is aware and respectful about having the sidewalks for people to walk on. That consideration is enforced by law a respect for tourists that doesn't exist in Cambodia.

We have witnessed a mother having to walk her infant baby in a stroller in the street with the traffic coming from behind. We asked her about the situation and she simply replied that it was something she had to deal with.

The hazardous situation is compounded by many Khmers who drive while being drunk. These incidents have been reported on numerous occasions in the local publications.

One elderly man ran over an individual on a motorbike and continued on driving for a block with the victim being trapped under the vehicle.

On another occurrence we observed a driver in an SUV Making a right turn FROM THE CENTER LANE. In doing so he hit a apparent college student from the nearby Pannasastra University, knocking her to the curb.

The driver continued on without getting out of his vehicle to see what damage he did as he focused on talking to his female passenger. Some observers came to the girls aid as she had some cutes on her arms and with assistance could get off the ground.

Cambodian drivers in cars and motorbikes are notorious for talking on the phone and not paying attention to the road. They also have this unbelievably bad habit of texting on their phone or reading text while driving.

On one occasion we observed a driver texting without his hands on the wheel while entering an intersection as his full attention was on his phone. The saving grace is at that time the street had very little traffic and he was driving slowly.

Apparently the government disregards having any respect for the safety of its visiting tourists. Cambodians are used to the danger and are mentally conditioned not to complain.

Given this unpardonable situation the tip is to always look to see what is coming from behind when having to walk around a vehicle forcing you to walk toward the center of the road. It would be wise to walk against the traffic to see what is coming towards you. The bottom line is the life you save may be your own. To be CONTINUED


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