BANGKOK – The Minister of Public Health Dr. Rajata Rajatanavin has reported that The Road Accident Prevention Center has release day six figures showing a total of 302 people killed in road accidents during the 7 day New Year holiday period in Thailand.
The Road Accident Prevention Center reported more than 2,800 people were injured during the 6-day period, in which over 2,700 accidents were reported.
On January 4th alone, 287 accidents were reported nationwide, in which 42 people died and 301 others injured. Driving under the influence accounted for nearly 28% of the accidents, followed closely by over-speeding, at 27%.
Much like in the past, motorcycles remained the highest number of vehicles involved in the accidents; accounting for 79% of all vehicles involved. The accidents happened the most between 4 pm. –8 pm. during the holiday period, while the majority of those killed and injured are from working class families.
Chiang Mai has the highest number of road accidents and fatalities. Four provinces in Thailand with no reports of deaths consist of Nakhon Phanom, Singburi, Trang, and Narathiwat.
Phuket province has concluded the number of accidents that occurred during the first six days of the “Seven Dangerous Days” period, with 39 reported cases.
Phuket Governor Nisit Chansomwong has convened with the committee responsible for following updates on the prevention of road accidents during the New Year holidays in Phuket from December 30th, 2014 to January 5th, 2015.
The attendants together assessed the collected data which suggested that, as of January 4th or the sixth day of the dangerous period, there had been 39 road accidents within Phuket. Forty people were admitted to hospitals after being injured on the road while two deaths were recorded.
The main causes of the accidents were drunk driving and sudden cutting in front of other vehicles. In terms of law enforcement, 12,488 cars were pulled over by authorities for inspection and there were 1,588 cases of traffic law violations.
Most of such violations were failures to carry a driver’s license and to wear seatbelts or helmets as well as driving under the influence. Others include driving over the speed limit, running the red light, driving in the wrong lane, and using mobile phones while driving. – NNT