New Year's road fatalities in Thailand worse than last year

New Year's road fatalities in Thailand worse than last year
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THE NEW YEAR holiday's so-called "seven dangerous days" saw 3,379 road accidents, which killed 380 people and wounded 3,505 others, the Road Safety Centre said yesterday.

Nakhon Ratchasima suffered the worst death toll with 15, while Chiang Mai reported the most injuries at 140 cases and the most accidents at 139.

The figures were all higher than the previous New Year, which saw 2,997 road accidents, leading to 341 deaths and 3,117 injuries.

On Monday alone, there were 287 road accidents claiming 40 lives and injuring 289 others, Permanent Secretary of the Interior Krissada Boonrat said.

The 2,102 checkpoints manned by 65,506 officials nationwide arrested 89,473 motorists for violating the law - mostly for failing to wear helmets (25,622 cases) and failing to present a driver's licence (25,541 cases).

The most-cited causes of accidents in the seven-day period were drink driving, at 24.03 per cent, and speeding, at 17.28 per cent.

Most accidents - 83.51 per cent - involved motorcycles and over a third (36.02 per cent) took place on highways.

About 52 per cent of the victims were of working age.

Trang, Phrae, Ranong and Sukhothai provinces did not report any road-accident deaths.

Officials from the Road Safety Centre will coordinate with provincial authorities to analyse accident figures, with the goal of promoting road safety in line with the government's "Safety Thailand" policy.

The policy emphasises social and community-building measures, while promoting public awareness and improving effective post-accident response.

In the long term, the centre plans to establish a 20-year strategy for road-accident prevention, Krissada said.

The plan will stress the development of traffic laws, the intensification of law enforcement and the application of technology to ensure cars meet engineering safety standards.

 

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