An overall number of 2,748 road accidents, with 316 deaths and 2,741 injuries, was reported by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) on the fifth day of seven deadly days of driving during the New Year season.
On January 2nd, about 383 accidents with 44 deaths and 384 injuries were announced under the government’s campaign “A new way of life, Safe driving without accidents”. Most were caused by drunk driving (30.29 percent), followed by excessive speeding (28.98 percent). Almost 80 percent of the accidents involved motorcycles.
67.10 percent of road accidents occurred most on a straight segment. 40.39 percent of them were recorded in provincial sub-districts and local villages while 32.13 percent were on national highways.
Most accidents occurred between 04.01 PM. to 08:00 PM. at 33.94 percent. The highest number of injuries and deaths were involved in persons at the age of 50 years old or above, at 30.84 percent, according to the summary.
The accumulative number during the fifth day of the campaign has reached 2,748 accidents, 316 deaths, and 2,741 injuries. The provinces with the highest accumulative accidents were in Chiang Mai (97 times). The provinces with the highest accumulative fatalities were in Nakhon Ratchasima while the highest number of accumulative injuries was recorded in Chiang Mai (99 times).
Chayathon Promsorn, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Transport, told the Associated Press that today has marked the fifth day of the safety road campaign, resulting in a large number of vehicles using major routes to return to Bangkok. Traffic jams may occur and may cause drowsy driving towards drivers who stayed late for the New Year’s celebrations.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, therefore, urges provincial authorities to increase checkpoints operational on main routes, secondary roads, shortcuts, and bypasses with strict law enforcement to prevent road accidents across the country. Public transportation will be provided to facilitate people who wish to return to the capital after the holiday season.
Photo Courtesy: Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM)
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