New Year road death toll reaches 209


BANGKOK, Dec 31 — A total of 1,818 road accidents have claimed 209 lives and resulted in 1,931 injuries over the first four of the seven dangerous days of the New Year holiday, according to Thailand’s Road Safety Centre.

Chanvech Boonpraderm, advisor to  the Office of the Vocational Education Commission, told a press briefing that on Monday alone, 48 people were killed, six less than the previous year; and 541 others were injured in 496 road accidents, explaining that most accidents resulted from drunk driving, followed by excessive speeding.

After being accident-free initially, the first accidents in four days occurred in Chaiyaphum and Samut Songkhram so now all provinces have had accidents.

Meanwhile, Nakhon Sawan recorded the highest number of accidents at 66 while Nakhon Ratchasima recorded the largest number of injuries at 81.

Nakhon Ratchasima has also seen the highest number of fatalities at 13.