Thailand reports 80 deaths, 709 injuries and 713 accidents from New Year’s Day driving

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Bangkok, Thailand-

The Department of Disease Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) announced the fourth in seven days of dangerous driving over the New Year period this morning from Bangkok and on their social media accounts.

The DDPM stated that there were 80 deaths, 709 people injured and 713 accidents overall over the 24 hour period of New Year’s Day across Thailand.

Roughly 81% of accidents involved motorbikes.

About 43% were attributed to driving while intoxicated, according to the DDPM.

In Thailand, fatalities from accidents are only counted at the scene of an accident, not in a hospital, The Pattaya News Notes. The seven dangerous days of driving are recorded yearly during the New Year’s festival and Songkran festival when large numbers of people traditionally return home to their provinces and travel around the country.

The majority of accidents took place between Midnight on New Year’s morning and 4:00 AM, the DDPM added. A large majority, 66%, were on straight roads and although the DDPM does not specifically give speed related statistics were likely a factor. You can find the chart below in the Thai language.

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