Motorists will have an easier ride over the next few weeks, as traffic police in Phnom Penh have been ordered to focus on easing the flow of vehicles ahead of the July 28 election rather than fining drivers for traffic violations. Around the city Thursday, traffic police assumed their new, and novel, role of keeping congestion to a minimum while ignoring the temptation to impose fines—both official and unofficial. “The top level told us not to fine anyone until the election is completed,” said one traffic police officer stationed near the French Embassy, who declined to reveal his
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