BANGKOK – Public Health Minister Dr. Ratchata Ratchatanawin said according to the Directing Center for Road Accident Prevention and Reduction during the New Year’s holidays, a total of 2,104 accidents occurred during the first four days of the seven dangerous days from 30th December to 2nd January, causing 227 deaths and 2,163 injuries.
Dr.Ratchatanawin said the major cause of road accidents was still drunk driving, followed by high-speed driving. Most of the accidents involved motorcyclists and happened on straight lanes and highways.
Chiang Mai Province recorded 22 accidents with 22 injuries, the highest number of accidents and injuries in Thailand for the past four days. Meanwhile, the province which saw the highest number of deaths was Chiang Rai with four people killed.
Officials in charge of road safety have been ordered to adjust their measures as holiday makers are returning to Bangkok.
All safety measures are strengthened. Checkpoints have strictly enforced laws and checked levels of alcohol in truck and bus drivers to keep accidents at the minimum.
Maitree Inthusut, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Interior, said that drunk driving was still the top cause of auto accidents during the past four days. On the 2nd January alone, there were 367 accidents nationwide, with 37 deaths and 381 injuries.