New Year death toll 317, drink-driving major cause

New Year death toll 317, drink-driving major cause

This CRV overturned on Ratchaburi-Chat Pawai Road in Muang district of Ratchaburi province following a crash with a Volvo on Jan 1. One person was killed and 12 others, including children, hurt. (Photo by Saichon Srinuanchan)
This CRV overturned on Ratchaburi-Chat Pawai Road in Muang district of Ratchaburi province following a crash with a Volvo on Jan 1. One person was killed and 12 others, including children, hurt. (Photo by Saichon Srinuanchan)

Six days of New Year holiday travel resulted in 317 deaths and 3,160 people injured in 3,076 road accidents across the country, with drink-driving still given as the most common cause.

On Jan 1, there were 547 traffic accidents reported in which 55 people were killed and 577 others injured, Deputy Interior Minister Songsak Thongsri said on Thursday.

Drink-driving remained the biggest single factor, present in 39% of the crashes, followed by speeding at 28%. Motorcycles were involved in the great majority of accidents, 79% of them.

The accumulated death toll stood at 317, with 3,160 injuries in 3,076 road accidents from Dec 27 to Jan 1, Mr Songsak said.

The southern province of Songkhla reported the highest number of road accidents (95) and injuries (100), while Bangkok had the highest death toll (14).   

Seven provinces remained fatality free - Trat, Phayao, Phuket, Mae Hong Son, Yala, Lamphun and Satun. 


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