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Toll from 'seven dangerous days' hits 366 in total

A total of 366 people were killed and 3,345 injured in 3,174 road accidents during the "seven dangerous days" of the New Year holiday period, the Road Safety Centre announced yesterday. Nakhon Ratchasima had the highest number of fatalities with 21, followed by Surat Thani with 16 and Udon Thani with 14 cases from December 27 to January 2.

Nakhon Sawan had the highest number of people injured with 137 cases, followed by Nakhon Si Thammarat with 127 and Chiang Mai with 125.

Nakhon Sawan also had the highest number of road accidents with 126, followed by Chiang Mai with 119 and Nakhon Si Thammarat with 111, according to caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, who heads the Road Safety Centre.

On January 2, the last of the seven days, about 32 people died and 304 people were injured in 283 road accidents.

Drunk driving and speeding were the main causes for the accidents at 33 per cent and 29 per cent respectively, he said. Most accidents - 79 per cent - involved motorcycles, while 8 per cent involved pickup trucks.

Most accidents took place on main roads - 61.5 per cent, while 37 per cent were on highways. The road accidents mostly occurred from 4pm to 8pm.

However, there were no road accidents in five provinces - Mae Hong Son, Beung Kan, Trat, Pattani and Phang Nga, Charupong said.


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