283 people die during April 11-15 mostly from drink driving

A total of 283 people were killed and 3,087 others injured in 2,985 road accidents occurred in five days of Songkran celebrations from April 11-15, said Pol Maj-Gen Somchai Kaosamran, commander of highways police, at the Department of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation, on Sunday.

On April 15 alone, there were 600 road accidents, leaving 53 dead and 634 injured.

Drink driving was blamed for 44.83 percent of all the road accidents, followed by speeding, accounting for 24.83 percent of the accidents. 83.95 percent of the accidents involved motorcycles and pickup trucks accounted for 7.13 percent of the accidents.

Chiang Mai championed the highest number of accidents and injuries at 140 and 145 respectively while Nakhon Ratchasima had the highest death toll at 17. Zero death toll was reported in nine provinces namely Krabi, Narathiwat, Bung Karn, Phang-nga, Phuket, Mae Hong Son, Yala, Samut Songkram and Amnart Charoen.

Chaiyaphum was the only province which did not have any injury from road accidents.