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320 killed in road accidents during Thai new year
Publication Date : 19-04-2012
A total of 3,129 road accidents occurred during the seven "dangerous days" of Songkran, killing 320 people, Thailand's Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit said yesterday.
Songkran is Thailand's traditional new year which fell between April 13-15 this year. Many families and tourists choose to go out during this time.
Yongyuth, the director of the Road Safety Centre, said the sevenday period from April 11 to 17 ended with 3,320 people being injured in the road accidents.
He said the period saw a lower number of accidents compared with the same period last year but an 18.08 per cent increase in fatalities.
On Tuesday alone, 257 accidents occurred, killing 38 people and injuring 261 others.
At the end of the sevenday monitoring period for road accidents, six provinces were found to have suffered no fatalities. They were Nakhon Phanom, Trat, Trang, Pattani, Ranong and Satun.
Yongyuth said Chiang Rai had the highest number of road accidents with 125 accidents occurring during the sevenday period. Surat Thani had the highest fatalities with 13 people killed.
The interior minister said drunk driving was the biggest cause of the accidents. He said 39.21 per cent of the accidents were caused by drunk driving while violation of the speed limit was the second major cause at 21.57 per cent.
Wibul Sanguanpong, the directorgeneral of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said he would coordinate with the six provinces that had succeeded in avoiding fatalities and study the measures they had used to put forward as a role model for other provinces.