First day of road safety campaign claims 42 deaths, 565 injuries

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said today that a total of 42 people died and 565 others were injured in a single day yesterday in traffic accidents happened on roads nationwide.

It was the first day of a weeklong campaign organised by the department and other relevant state agencies aimed at lowering fatal accidents during the New Year holidays.

It said a total of 524 traffic accidents happened on December 29, resulting in 42 deaths and 565 injuries.

Most fatal accidents were caused by drink driving and speeding (29.77%).

Motorcycle is the vehicle that engaged in most fatal accidents or 83.09%.

It said most fatal traffic accidents happened on the straight sections of highways (58.21%), on secondary highways within the districts (38.17%), and within the rural roads in the villages (32.25%).

The time of highest traffic accidents are between 16.01- 20.00 hrs, and most victims are in working ages (52.88%).

Highest traffic accidents were reported in Chiang Mai with 21 cases yesterday.

But highest fatal accidents were reported in Pathumthani province with four deaths.