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73 killed and injured 574 on New Year’s Day during the infamous “Seven Dangerous Days”


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According to the latest update from the Center for the Prevention and Reduction of Road Accidents, 73 people were killed on Thai roads on New Year’s Day in all of Thailand and 574 road accidents, 574 people were injured, the vast majority of road accidents were due to driving under the influence of alcohol and…

From the beginning of this long New Years holiday that started on the 29th of December, just on 1,906 road traffic accidents have been recorded with 226 people dead and 1,894 were injured

Statistics have shown that people speeding has accounted for 35.15% of accidents with driving under the influence accounting for 32.06% and poor visibility at 16.47%. It has been said that of all accidents, motorcycles had been responsible for 86.62% of all accidents, pick-up trucks at 5.8% and sedans at 3.71%. Reports also show that most accidents (19.51%) had taken place between 9 am and midnight, with 18.15% of accidents between 6 pm and 9 pm and 15.43% between 3 am and 6 am.

Statistics for Chaing Mai showed that they had recorded their highest number of casualties in the 4 days with 74 with 70 people injured. However, Bangkok has taken the top spot with 14 deaths.

Boontham Lertsukheekasem, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Control Department has asked all motorists to please drive more careful and if a person does feel unwell or sleepy to stop and rest and many people will start to travel back to the city after the long break.

Other reports are that the Royal Thai police arrested 198,158 people for violating traffic rules, including 7,391 cases of drink-driving in the first 3 days of the holiday.

Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Police have reported that during the first three days of the long holiday, the police arrested 198,158 people for violating traffic rules, including 7,391 cases of drunk driving.

General Damrongsak Kittipraphat, the deputy. National Police chief said the number of drink-driving cases has increased by 75% this year compared to the same period last year, adding that drunk drivers will face the full force of the law.

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