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Udon Thani has kicked off a campaign to reduce road accidents for the entire year of 2017.
Udon Thani Governor Chayawut Chantorn presided over the opening of the campaign putting together efforts from government agencies and educational institutions to reduce road fatalities. A memorandum of understanding has also been signed with an aim to keep road fatalities below 19 for every 100,000 people and to lower the risk of road accidents caused by human activities, vehicles, road and environment conditions.
According to the Office of Udon Thani Public Health, nearly 400 people were killed on the road from October last year to September this year or a monthly average of 33 deaths. More than 16,000 people were injured during the period, representing 3.2 million baht worth of damage to the Thai economy.
From October to November this year, 76 people, most of whom were 20-29 years old, died in road accidents. Common causes included drunk driving, speeding and driving in the wrong lane. Many of them were also not wearing a helmet or a seat belt. Most of the accidents occurred in populated areas and usually happened between 4 pm and 8 pm.