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16 April 2012 :: 14:04:27 pm 63225

210 killed over four days of road accidents during Songkran period

BANGKOK, April 15 - Day four of the seven-day Songkran period between April 11-17 saw 66 deaths and 620 injuries in 580 road accidents on April 14, bringing the death toll to 210 with 2,288 injured overall in 2,134 road accidents, according to the Road Safety Centre.
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Supakorn Wongprat, the centre chair, told a news briefing that driving under the influence of alcohol was the main cause of deaths at 45.17 per cent followed by speeding over the legal limit at 23.10 per cent.

Motorcycles were involved in the most accidents or 80.58 percent with pick-up trucks accounting for 11.93 per cent.

The northern province of Phichit recorded the highest fatalities with the number of deaths rising to nine over the past four days.

There were 271 deaths and 3,476 injuries during Songkran last year, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department’s Road Safety Centre.

Report by : MCOT

Category : Thailand News

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