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First day road safety campaign claims 39 deaths

Thai transport authorities kicked off a weeklong campaign to reduce highway accidents during the New Year festival with 39 people killed and 456 injured in the first day of the campaign.

39 deaths on the roads of ThailandThe week long campaign dubbed “the seven dangerous days” ran from today until January 5.

In the first day of the campaign, 439 cases of traffic accidents nationwide were reported, with 39 people died and 456 injured.

Drink driving is blamed for the main cause of most fatal accidents, or 26.94%, and speeding 19.56%.

Motorcycle is also the vehicle that was engaged in most fatal accidents or 89.22%.

Highways with straight sections recorded the highest fatal cases or 65.24%, followed by highways 36.89%, and rural or secondary roads in villages and districts, 30.39%.

Most accidents happen between 4 pm-8 pm, and most casualties are in working ages.

Chiang Mai remains the province with the highest risk of road accidents. A total of 17 cases was reported on the first day, and with the highest injuries of 19 persons.

Mukdaharn registered the highest death toll in the first day with four deaths.

Thai PBS

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