Day 1 of New Year Road Accidents: 43 dead, 466 injured


The first day of the “seven dangerous days” of the New Year holidays has recorded 43 deaths and 466 injured in road accidents on Friday (Dec 27), with drink-driving as the major cause.

In 2018, the nationwide record revealed 45 deaths and 428 injuries in 419 road accidents on the first day of the dangerous period.

The number one cause of accidents was drink-driving, which accounts for 30.4% of the crashes so far this year, followed by speeding at 24.78%. Most of the vehicles involved in the accidents were motorcycles, the same as in previous years, Bangkok Post reported.

According to the report, Surat Thani had the highest number of accidents with 20. It had also the highest number of injuries at 22. The province of Chiang Rai and Prachuap Khiri Khan had the highest number of deaths, at four each.

Public Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said authorities had focused on stricter rules and law enforcement as most accidents were caused by drink driving, the report added.

Source: Bangkok Post

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