128 killed, 1,158 injured in 1,133 road accidents during New Year celebration


BANGKOK, Jan 1 — Thai authorities reported that on the first two days of the seven-day road accident monitoring period for the New Year holidays, there were 1,133 traffic accidents in which more than 100 people died.

The accidents happened even as concerned authorities campaigned for road safety as New Year vacationers considerably raised road accidents.

Kannikar Saengthong, director-general of the Department of Probation, said that 128 people were killed and 1,158 others were injured in the traffic accidents on the first two days of the government’s road safety campaign during the New Year celebration.

On Wednesday alone, New Year’s Eve, 70 persons died from road accidents.

The most common cause of the accidents was drunk driving and 83.30 per cent of vehicles involved in the accidents were motorcycles, she said.

The most victims in one province tied among four provinces with seven deaths each reported in Buri Ram, Chiang Mai, Phetchabun, and Surat Thani, Chiang Mai.

The highest number of the injured was 52, recorded in Nakhon Sawan province.