Death toll from road accidents during the New Year’s festival between December 29-31 has risen to 199 with 2,099 injuries, according to the latest statistics compiled by the Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Road Accidents.
Education permanent secretary Chaipruek Serirak said that on December 31 alone, 86 people were killed and 800 injured in 757 accidents.
Drunk driving was blamed for 43.86 percent of the accidents while speeding was blamed for 33.29 percent of the accidents.
Motorcycles accounted for 80.84 percent of the accidents and 63.01 percent of the accidents involving motorbikes took place on straight roads during 4-8 pm. Which was described as the period with the highest road accidents.
Chiang Mai ranks the Number One province with the highest number of road accidents with a total of 84 whereas Udon Thani claims the highest death toll at 12 for three days.
During December 29-31, police stopped 650,360 vehicles for spot checks and, of these, 110,917 drivers were legally dealt with for traffic violations. 30,646 drivers were found driving without licenses and 29,894 people were fined for not wearing crash helmets.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)