ANN/THE NATION THAILAND – Almost 50 people a day were killed in vehicle accidents during the first three of the so-called “seven dangerous days”, the Road Safety Centre announced at a press conference yesterday.
Another 1,182 people were injured in the 1,183 accidents reported over the three days, an average of about 400 injuries a day, the centre said.
The press conference was held at the office of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, and led by its chief, Chotenarin Kerdsom, who is also deputy permanent secretary at the Interior Ministry.
Chotenarin reminded reporters that road accidents surge during the seven days from December 29 to January 4.
The number of deaths rose to 59 on Saturday, he said. An additional 467 people were injured in the 466 road accidents reported that day, he said. On Friday, 48 people were killed and 363 were injured in 366 accidents, Chotenarin said.
The two major causes of accidents are speeding and drunk driving, according to the centre’s data. Chotenarin released the statistics for Saturday.
There were 466 road accidents, resulting in 467 injuries and 59 deaths.
The major causes of accidents were speeding (36.70 per cent) and driving under the influence (30.04 per cent).
Motorcycles were involved in 82.56 per cent of the accidents.
Meanwhile, 80.9 per cent of the accidents occured on straight sections of roads, with the highest rate of accidents happening between 6pm and 7pm (7.74 per cent).
The victims most likely to be in an accident were aged 20 to 29 (19.39 per cent).
Chotenarin said the high number of accidents occurred despite increased monitoring of roads.
On Saturday, 56,205 officials from several agencies manned 1,878 checkpoints around the country and stopped 424,745 vehicles.