478 people were killed and 4,128 injured in a total of 3,919 road accidents during the so-called “seven dangerous days” of the New Year holiday period from December 29, 2016, to January 4, 2017.
In comparison with the same period last year, the number of deaths increased by 25.8%, the number of people injured by 17.8%, and the number of accidents by 16%.
This makes the 2017 New Year road toll the highest in the 10 years that records have been kept. Last year, for example, there were “only” 380 deaths and 3,505 injuries from 3,379 accidents during the :seven dangerous days”.
As usual, most accidents (36.6%) were caused by drunk driving, followed by speeding (31.31%). Most (81.82%) involved motorcycles and occurred on highways (36.92%) and on rural roads (36.49%).
Chonburi province where Pattaya is located topped the death toll with 33, while the highest number of accidents (152 each) and injured (164 each) were recorded in Chiang Mai and Udon Thani.
This was despite the fact that a total of 2,042 police checkpoints had been set up across the country and officials arrested and fined 727,438 motorists, mostly for failing to carry a driverâs licence and to wear a crash helmet. It remains unknown how many people were charged for drunk driving.
For detailed statistics please see the chart above.