New Year road toll rises to 375 after six days

Breaking News January 03, 2018 14:24

By The Nation

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A total of 3,456 road accidents occurred during the first six days of the monitoring period for New Year holidays, killing 375 people and injuring 3,612, the monitoring centre announced on Wednesday.

Maj-General Somsak Somrak, an official of the National Council for Peace and Order, held a press conference on Wednesday at the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department to announce the road accident statistics monitored and recorded by the New Year Road Accident Prevention and Reduction Operation Centre.

On Tuesday, which was the sixth day of the seven-day monitoring period, 400 road accidents occurred, killing 51 people and injuring 431, Somsak said.

Drunk-driving contributed to just over 40 per cent of the accidents, while violations of the speed limit accounted for a further 28.5 per cent.

He said almost 80 per cent of the vehicles involved in road accidents were motorcycles.

Somsak said eight provinces had no deaths from road accidents during the period. They were Yala, Ranong, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nakhon Nayok, Trang, Chainat , Narawthiwat and Nan.

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