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Revellers hit heavy traffic Saraburi - Korat - Isaan
« on: January 01, 2010, 10:51:29 AM »
Revellers hit heavy traffic

    * Published: 1/01/2010 at 12:00 AM
    * Newspaper section: News

Thousands of New Year revellers left Bangkok yesterday for the provinces after delaying their travel plans for a day in the hope of avoiding heavy traffic.

They were caught in lengthy traffic jams regardless, as the exodus for the four-day New Year holiday continued.

Authorities have increased road checkpoints to keep drunk revellers off the road, as an opinion survey suggested people think more police are needed to keep the roads safe.

Traffic on several outbound roads, especially Mittraphap Road, from Saraburi to Nakhon Ratchasima, was congested. Two bus terminals in Nakhon Ratchasima were crowded with people heading to other provinces in the Northeast.

The number of accidents usually peaks on Dec 31 and Jan 1 with most happening on secondary routes.

On Wednesday, the second day of the seven-day road safety campaign over New Year, the road accident death toll had risen to 91.

The Public Health Ministry said 51 people were killed in road accidents and 729 people were injured on Wednesday.

Chiang Rai has recorded the highest number of road accidents with 52, followed by Phetchabun (35) and Chiang Mai and Trang (32 each).

The death toll was highest in Chanthaburi and Chon Buri (5 each), followed by Chiang Rai (4), and Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Chai Nat, Nakhon Phanom, Phetchaburi and Phitsanulok (3 each).

The main causes of road accidents were drink driving and speeding, it said.

Figures show there have been fewer deaths and injuries than during the same period last year. In the seven-day road safety campaign which started on Tuesday, the government hopes to reduce casualties by 5% from last year.

Meanwhile, an opinion survey shows 68.6% of participants are concerned about road safety over the holiday. More than 48% of respondents for the survey, conducted by Abac, said road safety measures were not good enough while 66% of respondents said more police were needed to enforce traffic regulations.

Bangkok Post