Thailand’s death toll of road accidents in the first two days of New Year holidays has climbed to 113, with more than 1,000 injured, Road Safety Center reported on Saturday.

A total of 1,204 road accidents on Thursday and Friday have claimed 113 lives, resulting in 1,299 injuries, the report aid.

On Friday alone, 71 people were killed by 680 road accidents, a marked increase from the same day last year when 591 accidents claimed 65 lives.

The main causes of accidents were drunk driving and speeding, said the Public Health Ministry’s permanent secretary Sophon Mekthon, adding that Udon Tani province in the Northeast has the highest death toll.

Thailand has the second worst record in the world for traffic fatalities.

Drunk drivers and repeated traffic offenders in Thailand were sent to work in hospital morgues under a new plan by the authorities in the first half of 2016 to try to put a stop to carnage on the country’s roads.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered that tough actions must be taken to deal with traffic violations, notably those driving with no license. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/



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