Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) yesterday, January 5th, concluded the Seven Deadly Days of Driving during the New Year season, from December 29th to January 4th, with a total of 2,707 road accidents, 333 deaths, and 2,672 injuries.
On Tuesday alone, 209 accidents, with 21 deceased and 202 injuries, were recorded, according to the DDPM chart above. Most of them were caused by excessive speeding (34.45 percent), followed by sudden lane changes (25.36 percent) and drunk driving (21.05 percent).
About 82.04 percent of the accidents involved motorcycles, followed by pickup trucks (6.31 percent) and cars (1.94 percent).
82.78 percent of road accidents occurred most on a straight segment of the road while 40.67 percent were recorded on national highways, followed by 38.28 percent at provincial subdistricts and local villages.
Most accidents occurred between 18.01 and 19.00 HRS. at 10.53 percent. The highest number of injuries and deaths were involved in persons in the age range of 40-59 years, at 17.49 percent, according to the summary.
Throughout the Seven Deadly Days of the driving campaign, a total of 2,707 road accidents, 333 deaths, and 2,672 injuries were reported since December 29th with the highest cause of excessive speeding (35.12 percent), followed by drunk driving (29.51 percent) and sudden lane changes (17.84 percent).
The Department also reported that the province with the highest number of accidents was Chiang Mai (96 times). The province with the highest fatalities was Bangkok (22 people) while the province with the highest number of injuries was recorded in Chiang Mai and Kanchanaburi (93 people each).
About 9 provinces had no death records during the seven-day campaign, namely Trang, Nakhon Nayok, Pattani, Phang Nga, Yala, Satun, Samut Songkhram, Sukhothai, and Phrae.
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