Traffic death toll jumps to 317 

Death toll from traffic accidents during the past five days of the “Seven Dangerous Day” safety driving campaign climbed to 317 with 3,188 injuries.

On Monday (Jan 1), or the fifth day of the campaign to lower traffic accidents, 71 people were killed and 696 others injured in a total 677 cases in a single day.

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, said drink driving is the main cause of most fatal accidents or 47.27%, followed by speeding, 26%.

He said motorcycle is still the vehicle that engaged in most accidents, or 82.45% , followed by pickup truck (5.18%) while highways and roads with long straight sections recorded the highest fatal accidents (66.62%), and most accidents occurred between midnight to 4 am.

As of Jan 1, Udon Thani has the highest number of traffic accidents (114) and the highest number of injuries (118), while province with the highest number of deaths is Si Sa Ket (13).

As today (Jan 2) is the final day of the four-day New Year holiday and large number of people are returning  to Bangkok on all major highways, Dr Opas warned driver of drowsy driving saying they should take rest of they were sleepy.

Meanwhile, Prasarn Mahaleetrakul, director general of the Department of Probation, said the court has ordered probation for 3,517 drivers who violated traffic laws during Dec 28-Jan 1.

Of these cases, 3,105 are guilty of drink driving, 44 of reckless driving, one of street racing , and 367 of other offences.

The highest accumulated drink driving cases were reported in Surin (319), Bangkok (288), Sakon Nakhon (201), Nonthaburi (182), and Ubon Ratchathani (163).