7 Deadly New Year Days see 127 Accidents, 10 Deaths and 135 Casualties in Chiang Mai.
CityNews – The New Year 7 deadly days has seen a small reduction in traffic casualties and collisions this year.
Among the eight provinces in the upper northern part of Thailand, Chiang Mai is ranked second after Chiang Rai for traffic accidents during the seven deadly days over New Year (December 28th 2017 and January 3rd 2018) according to the Police Region 5. The total number of the accident reported during the period was 127 (25 less than last year), with 10 deaths and 135 casualties. The accidents mostly involved motorcycles.
The main cause for accidents this year was drink driving. Last year, there were 11 deaths and 164 casualties.
During the seven days, police identified 27,791 cases of illegal actions on the road, including not wearing a helmet (9,825 cases), driving without a licence (10,193 cases) and speeding. (2,356 cases).
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 (Arcade) was reportedly crowded with people travelling back to their homes at the end of the New Year long weekend. 25 buses were added for the Chiang Mai – Bangkok route along with additional vans and buses for routes to other locations in northern Thailand.