39 killed, 402 injured on first day of Songkran festival in Thailand
BANGKOK – Road accidents have killed 39 individuals and injured 402 others on Friday — the primary day of the seven-day marketing campaign to scale back street accidents all through Thailand — as individuals have fun the annual Songkran pageant or Thailand’s conventional New Year, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
Quoting statistics compiled by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Deputy Permanent Secretary Theerapong Rodprasert of the Transport Ministry, informed a press convention that there have been a complete of 379 street accidents nationwide on Friday, a rise of fifty three accidents from the corresponding interval of 2013.
He stated 39 individuals died from the street accidents, an equal quantity of those that died final yr, whereas 402 individuals have been injured, up 60 from final yr.
He added that 30.sixty one per cent of the accidents have been as a result of drunken driving, adopted by rushing at 21.sixty four per cent. Most of the accidents concerned bikes.
Of the entire casualties, the northernmost province of Chiang Rai recorded probably the most deaths.
Theerapong urged the related officers in each province to be on alert at checkpoints and to implement strict visitors regulation to assist scale back casualties from street accidents through the so-referred to as seven harmful days which started on Friday.