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Thailand’s New Year holiday road carnage leads to 85 deaths in two days

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Death toll in road accidents during the first two days of the 7-day New Year holiday period increased from 37 on Thursday to 85 yesterday (Friday) and the number of injured reached 714, according to the Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

366 road accidents were reported yesterday, 35.52% of which were caused by speeding and 25.68% were caused by drunk driving. Motorcycles were involved in 78.98% of the accidents, with 83.88% of the accidents occurring on straight roads, 42.35% on highways and 34.15% on rural roads.

The north-eastern province of Sakhon Nakhon recorded the highest number of road accidents, with 18, while Pathum Thani recorded 4 deaths, the highest of all provinces. Nakhon Si Thammarat recorded the highest number of injured, with 18. 31 provinces have not recorded a single death to date.

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