Road death toll reaches 380 over New Year’s 7-day holiday

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Exceeds last year’s toll by 13 deaths

The Road Accidents Prevention Center reported 380 people died and 3,505 were injured in 3,379 road accidents throughout the country during the seven dangerous days of the New Year’s holiday season, from December 25 – Jan. 4.

Nakhon Ratchasima reported the highest number of deaths, 15.

On January 4 alone, the last day of the seven dangerous days, 40 persons died and 289 were injured in 287 accidents, all in a single day.

Drunk driving was blamed as the main cause of most accidents, about 20.14% of the total, followed by speeding at 17.28%.

Chiang Mai had the highest number of accidents, with 139 accidents and 140 injuries.

At press time, the local road toll statistics for Pattaya and Chonburi were not yet available.

Numbers across the board were up from last year, including 13 more deaths and 161 more injuries incurred in 205 more accidents.

Last year, 367 people died and 3,344 were injured in a total of 3,174 accidents during the same period.