Road accidents claim 332 lives in first six of ‘Seven Dangerous Days

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BANGKOK, Jan 2 -Thailand’s death toll from road accidents during the first six days of the “Seven Dangerous Days” of the New Year’s holidays has reached 332, while the number of injured has climbed to more than three thousand, according to the National Road Safety Centre.

Deputy Permanent-Secretary for Interior Panadda Diskul said there were 2,884 accidents between December 27 and January 1, 0.98 per cent up from last year’s record.

He said the accumulated death toll has climbed to 332, 5.40 per cent up from last year, while the number of injured was recorded at 3,037, 2.54 per cent lower than last year.

Mr Panadda said Trat is the only province with no record of any accidents during the first six days of  the “Seven Dangerous Days”.

For the New Year’s Day alone, 72 persons reportedly died in road accidents, while 583 persons were injured. The highest daily death toll was recorded at eight in the central province of Angthong.

The highest accumulated death toll was recorded at 16 deaths in Nakhon Pathom, followed by 14 at Chiang Mai and 13 in Bangkok.

The major causes of road accidents were attributed to drunken driving (46.90 per cent) and speeding (20.45 per cent), with most of the accidents (82.28 per cent) involving motorcycles.