Road accidents claimed 41 deaths on the first day of the seven-day road safety campaign from Dec 28-Jan 3.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said on Friday (Dec 29) that on Dec 28, the first day of the campaign, a total of 477 cases of traffic accidents were reported with 41 people killed and over 500 injured.
He said drink driving accounted for 42.77% of total cases, followed by speeding 26%.
Motorcycle is the vehicle that involved in most fatal cases, he said.
He said Chiang Mai recorded the highest road accident cases (23 cases) and highest injuries (26), while Si Sa Ket had the highest fatal cases with six killed on the first day.
Mr Arkhom said on Dec 28 about 2.5 million people left Bangkok for the provinces on 750,000 vehicles, 10% lower than last year’s figures.
He said 65% of people leaving the capital on roads.
Transport officials have sought cooperation from truck operators to stop transporting cargoes by trucks during the seven-day road safety campaign to facilitate other vehicles travelling on roads.