BANGKOK, Jan 2 ( — Traffic accidents claimed 239 lives during the year end holiday period (Dec 28-31) in Thailand, reported Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
Statistics from the country’s Road Safety Directing Centre, showed that 2,500 people were injured in more than 2,300 traffic accidents in the period.
On Dec 31 alone, as many as 65 people were killed while 714 others wounded in 678 accidents across Thailand. The number of deaths decreased 14.6 percent whilst that of the injured fell 11.7 percent year-on-year, respectively.
Most of the accidents occurred in the three provinces of Sisaket, Chiang Mai and Ubon Ratchathani, which usually attract large numbers of tourists on holidays. Thai police set up 2,005 checkpoints on the last four days of 2017 to conduct road safety checks.
Nearly 50 percent of the accidents were caused by drink driving, while 26.4 percent were attributed to speeding, said the centre. In addition, up to 80 percent of the accidents involved motorcycles, followed by pickup trucks (6.39 percent).