New Year road death toll 366

A total of 366 people were killed and 3,345 injured in 3,174 road accidents nationwide over the "seven dangerous days" (Dec 27-Jan 2), caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan said on Friday.

The ministry’s Road Safety Operations Centre reported that the official road death toll for the New Year period was the same as the previous year at 366 fatalities, but the number of road accidents had increased by 10, or 0.32%, and the number injuries by 16, an increase of 0.48%, he said.

Drunk driving was ranked the main cause of accidents, at 41.71%. Most vehicle crashes over New Year celebrations involved motorcycles, at 81.03%, he added.

The minister said the riskiest behaviour leading to death and injury was not wearing a safety helmet, which accounted for 22.39%.

The province with most fatalities remains northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima with 21. Nakhon Sawan had the highest number of road accidents at 127.

Provinces which remained road fatality-free over the “seven dangerous days” were Mae Hong Son, Buengkan, Trat, Pattani and Phang Nga.

The ministry on Thursday reported the road toll at 334, with 3,041 injuries.

Mr Charupong said the country’s road accident fatality rate stood at 17 per 1,000 persons per year, substantially higher than his ministry’s target of 10 per 1,000 persons this year.

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