Higher road accidents and toll reported during first 2 days of New Year festival


BANGKOK, 29 December 2013 The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported 866 road accidents and 86 fatalities from 27-28 December 2013, increasing from the same period last year. The most common causes of accidents include drunk driving and speeding. 

According to the department, the number of road accidents from 27-28 December, the first two days of the “7 Dangerous Days,” increased by 58 times while the death toll rose by 16 people. The number of injuries increased by 60 people compared to the same period last year to stand at 855 people. Most of the accidents involved motorcycles and most of the injured and the deaths did not wear helmets.

Nakhon Si Thammarat had the most road accidents of 35 times. Ayutthaya saw the highest death toll of five people and Nakhon Si Thammarat had the most injuries of 37 people.

Deputy Permanent-Secretary for Interior M.L.Panadda Diskul said the ministry had instructed all provinces to set up check points on main and minor roads, especially the ones with a high record of road accidents. Authorities were keeping a close watch on risky behaviors such as speeding, drunk driving and non-use of helmets and seat belts, the official said.