The great holiday exodus
- Published: 29/12/2012 at 12:07 AM
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The traffic jams have been building since Friday as all of Bangkok seemed to want to get out of the city for the New Year. A total of 71 people died in road accidents on the first two "dangerous days" of the holiday, while upcountry, cars are not being allowed into the two largest national parks.
71 die on first two 'Dangerous Days'
A total of 38 people were killed and 504 injured in 495 road accidents nationwide on Friday, Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol, director-general of the Probation Department, reported on Saturday.
The casualties followed 33 fatalities on Thursday, the first day of the "seven dangerous days" road safety campaign over the New Year holidays, running from Dec 27 to next Wednesday.
A total of 826 people were injured over the first two days of the dangerous period, said Ms Ruenvadee.
The provinces with the most fatalities were Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Chon Buri, with four deaths each.
Of Friday’s accidents, 32.88% were caused by drunk driving and 20.52% by speeding, said Ms Ruenvadee.
No cars in parks
Private cars will not be allowed to enter the country's two top national parks to prevent traffic jams during the New Year holidays.
The holidays officially start Saturday and last until Tuesday.
National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department chief Manophat Huamuangkaew said the ban would be enforced at Doi Inthanon national park in Chiang Mai and Khao Yai national park in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Mr Manophat said the ban aimed to prevent traffic congestion in the parks and to protect wild animals from eing hit by tourists' vehicles. Park officials will provide a shuttle bus service inside the park areas, he said.