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In Day Four of Thailand’s New Year Holiday, 253 Killed, 2412 Injured, 2140 Vehicles Impounded



Police set up an alcohol-testing checkpoints as part of the New Year holiday campaign to curb drink-driving and road accidents.

Police set up an alcohol-testing checkpoints as part of the New Year holiday campaign to curb drink-driving and road accidents.



BANGKOK – Col Sirichan Nga-thong, deputy spokeswoman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said on Saturday that a total of 2,140 vehicles — 1,952 motorcycles and 188 cars — were temporarily seized from drunken drivers between Dec 25 and Jan 1.

Authorities have also taken action against 16,650 motorcyclists and 6,565 drivers of public and private vehicles for violations of the drink-driving ban during the eight-day period, the Bangkok Post reported.

On Jan 1 alone, there were 6,091 violations of the ban involving motorcycles, with 740 bikes impounded and 5,216 motorcyclists facing legal action, said the NCPO deputy spokeswoman.

On violations involving public and private vehicles, there were a total of 2,667 violations on Friday, with 238 driving licenses and 96 vehicles seized. A total of 2,242 drivers faced legal action.

More than 250 people died in almost 2,400 road accidents in the first four of the “seven dangerous days” of the New Year holiday season, with drink-driving still the major cause despite harsh preventive measures.

The number of traffic deaths rose 11.4% from the first four days of the holiday period a year ago. In the “seven dangerous days” of the festive season last year, road fatalities totalled 341, a decline of 7% from the same period a year earlier.

Chiang Mai had the highest number of accidents during the four days between Dec 29 and Jan 1 while Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Rai, Songkhla and Pathum Thani reported the most fatalities, according to statistics from the Road Safety Directing Center.

Statistics from the center showed 253 people had died and 2,412 were injured in 2,338 road accidents over the four days.

Drink-driving was still the major cause of road accidents, at 33%, followed by speeding (16%). Motorcycles were the vehicles involved in the most accidents, at 82%.

By Wassana Nanuam

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