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The Road Safety centre hs released statistics from road accidents reported on Friday and Saturday. In just two days there have been 474 accidents that have injured 855 people and killed 86. The death toll is expected to rise over the coming days.
Drink driving is the major cause closely followed by speeding during the festive season according to Ruenvadee Suwanmong-kol, the Department of Probation Director General who held a press conference yesterday.
According to reports 37% of road accidents were due to drink driving and 23% from speeding. 81 % of the accidents involved motorbikes and most of the casualties were not wearing helmets. 61% of the accidents occurred on main roads, and 34.6% were on country roads. 34.3% of the accidents took place on the highway.
611,600 cars and vehicles have been inspected at police checkpoints where 100,587 arrests were made. 31,020 drivers did not have a licence and 28,092 motorbike riders were not using helmets.
The highest number of road traffic accidents was in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ayutthaya had the highest number of deaths and only Chiayaphum, Bueng Kan, Rayyong and Samut Songkhram had no accidents at all.