The motorbike’s war: two other victims

It is necessary to guarantee that our children and youth grow in a safe environment.  Traffic accidents happen everywhere, but we must work to stop them from happening through education and a transparent law enforcement.

It is necessary to guarantee that our children and youth grow in a safe environment. Traffic accidents happen everywhere, but we must work to stop them from happening through education and a transparent law enforcement.

If it were within my possibilities to create certain laws to protect people, certainly I will forbid Cambodian young males to drive motorbikes.  Of course, that is a big extreme, but I feel the number of traffic accidents in Cambodia involving motorbikes is high and it cost too many young male victims always.  Any gloomy reality takes more value when the victims are too near to you.  Last November 22 Pech Naron, 20, lost his life in a motorbike accident in Phnom Penh.  This weekend the next known victim was Chhook Dara, 18, who hit a public lamppost Saturday early morning while he was drunk. 

Pech Naron was the popular Facebook profile name of Prakarb Ieng, a Cambodian pretty boy and student of languages in a Phnom Penh’s university.  In this case he was not leading the motorbike but his sister, when they crushed against another motorbike driven by an unidentified foreigner on November 22.  Naron hit the pavement and he saw to be okay.  They did not take also information about the foreigner, which whom they did separate in a friendly manner.  In the evening he complained of a strong headache and was brought to the Calmette Hospital where he died at about 7 PM.  A young man full of dreams, friends and hope perished once more due to a traffic accident.

Dara, a 18 years old boy, the hope of his poor family, ended his life only because he did not get clear that driving and drinking do not match.  There is not an enforcement law to prevent drunk drivers in Cambodia.

Dara, a 18 years old boy, the hope of his poor family, ended his life only because he did not get clear that driving and drinking do not match. There is not an enforcement law to prevent drunk drivers in Cambodia.

Chhok Dara, was a farmer boy from Kompung Trach Distric, Kampot Province, who came to Sihanoukville in October 2013 to study mechanics at Don Bosco schools. On Friday night he went with friends to a night club.  About 4:30 AM of Saturday he asked one of his friends a motorbike to go to his room and change his clothe.  Because he was drunk, the friend refused, but it is said that the boy took the motorbike anyway.  Going back to the club, he crushed against a lamppost near Build Bright University in Ou Pii village.  he died five minutes after the coalition.  The police brought his body to Wat Kraom waiting to contact his relatives. He was only 18.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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