Over 100 deaths from road accidents in two days in Thailand

Bangkok, Dec 31 (IANS) Thailand recorded over 100 deaths and more than 1,000 injuries due to road accidents in the first two days of New Year holidays, Road Safety Centre said on Saturday.

A total of 1,204 road accidents on Thursday and Friday claimed 113 lives, resulting in 1,299 injuries, Xinhua news agency cited the report as saying.

The main causes of accidents were drunk driving and speeding, said the Public Health Ministry.

Udon Tani province in the northeast has the highest death toll, it said.

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.

–IANS

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