CHIANG RAI – Deputy national police chief Pol.Lt.Gen. Suwira Songmetta has reported that the road accident death toll during the five-day New Year long holiday stands at 260, most of them were killed in Chiang Mai province.
A total of 2,446 road accidents had taken place from 30 December 2014 – 3 January 2015 with the death toll of 260 and 2,542 injuries. There were five provinces with a zero death toll including Trang, Phatthalung, Narathiwat, Singburi and Nakhon Phanom. Chiang Mai had the highest number of road accidents or 109 times and the highest death toll of 14 people. It also had the highest number of injuries or 106 people.
Police officers have set up more check points on main roads leading to Bangkok while closely monitoring accident-prone routes, junctions, narrow roads and railroad crossings. Special attention has been paid to preventing dangerous driving behaviors such as drunk-driving, speeding and no use of safety equipment.
Meanwhile, The Minister of Public Heath has ordered the hospitals in provinces around Bangkok to standby for emergency cases during the last days of the New Year’s holidays, while advising drivers to rest adequately and avoid drinking alcohol.
The Minister of Public Health Dr. Rajata Rajatanavin has revealed that the ministry has ordered all hospitals in provinces around Bangkok to have their medical staff and equipments on standby for the potential road accidents from the inbound commute back to Bangkok during the last few days of New Year’s holidays on 3-4 January 2015.
He said that the main risk factor for the trip back to Bangkok are drivers with inadequate rest. Fatigue from lack of rest will slow down physical activity and reaction, including the perception, focus, and determination. – See more at: http://thainews.prd.go.th/centerweb/newsen/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNSOC5801040010039#sthash.34KrAMvg.dpuf