New Year death toll rises to 365
The number of deaths caused by road accidents during the so-called seven dangerous days spanning the New Year holiday period has risen by more 8 per cent to 365 and the number of accidents has also increased by 2.68 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Every year, the government declares December 27 to January 2 as the "seven dangerous days" in a bid to promote road safety and reduce road casualties at a time when a lot of people hit the road during the New Year holidays.
Yet despite the authorities' allout efforts, only the number of injuries has dropped by 1.36 per cent this year, and only six out of 77 provinces have not encountered any fatal road accidents during the period. The provinces are Trat, Nakhon Nayok, Phang Nga, Ranong, Nong Khai and Uttaradit.