Over 1,000 killed on nation's roads last year
A total of 1,086 people were killed in 5,616 road accidents around the country in 2016, representing a significant rise compared to 2015, according to official figures.
The Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security reported that 5,571 road accidents occurred around the country in 2015, in which 995 people were killed and property damage amounting to over 85 billion kip was caused.
In 2016, the 5,616 road accidents across the nation caused the deaths of 1,086 people, injured another 8,912, and damaged 10,305 vehicles which cost over 83 billion kip.
In last year's accidents, 1,371 people were left in a critical condition, 3,483 were seriously injured and 4,058 slightly injured.
In the collisions, 381 vehicles were written off and 5,422 sustained moderate damage while another 4,502 sustained minor damage.
Police said the number of accidents was increasing as many motorists continued to violate the traffic rules.
Vientiane once again topped the list last year with 1,554 accidents and 261 fatalities. This represented an increase of 66 accidents and 24 fatalities compared to 2015.
Second on the list was Champassak province which reported 705 accidents with 131 fatalities and 1,106 injuries. Third was Savannakhet province with 690 accidents, 122 fatalities and 1,207 injuries.
Meanwhile, Xaysomboun province reported just seven road accidents, which resulted in at least 10 people being injured.
The main causes of road accidents in 2016 were listed as intoxication, reckless driving and general violation of the traffic rules.
Laos has a high rate of road accidents compared to other countries in the region with motorbikes involved in 95 percent of all vehicular accidents and males making up 90 percent of the fatalities.
Meanwhile, alcohol is recognised as being a major cause of accidents and incidents of drunk driving are higher than ever.
About 90 percent of accidents involve drunken driving, speeding and other violations of the traffic rules. Many accidents occur on weekends and special occasions when people get together to drink alcohol.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 07, 2017)