Over 300 road fatalities for first three months
A total of 303 people were killed in road accidents around the country in the first three months of this year, with authorities attributing most crashes to drunk driving and traffic violations.
The Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security reported that from January 1 to March 31 there were 1,619 road accidents around the country, in which 303 people were killed, 2,684 people were injured and 2,983 vehicles damaged with the cost of damage estimated at over 22 billion kip.
In the same period in 2016, there were 1,494 road accidents around the country, in which 317 people lost their lives, 2,396 people were injured and 2,508 vehicles were damaged with the damages bill estimated at over 26 billion kip.
Top of the list this year was still Vientiane which saw 425 road accidents resulting in 71 fatalities with 584 people injured and 891 vehicles damaged.
Second on the list was Champassak province with 215 road accidents causing 32 fatalities, injuries to 385 people and damage to 374 vehicles.
Savannakhet province recorded 195 road accidents with 239 people injured, 333 vehicles damaged and 34 fatalities.
Oudomxay province saw 139 road accidents with 215 people injured, 223 vehicles damaged and 13 fatalities.
Luang Prabang province had 138 road accidents with 234 people injured, 252 vehicles damaged and 14 fatalities.
Vientiane province saw 114 road accidents with 173 people injured, 204 vehicles damaged and 23 fatalities.
Meanwhile, Borikhamxay province recorded 91 road accidents which resulted in 20 fatalities, 168 people injured and 170 vehicles damaged.
On the other hand, Xaysomboun province only noted five road accidents with seven people injured, five vehicles damaged and no fatalities.
In a recent accident in Xekong province two people were killed instantly and nine others sustained injuries after two buses collided head-on in Lakxao village, Thataeng district.
The two vehicles were travelling at high speed when they collided head-on.
The accident killed Mr Koxay and Ms Paep, 33, of Phonkeo village, Saravan district, Saravan province instantly.
Mr Buasai and two other passengers also sustained critical injuries while another six sustained moderate injuries.
Police believe the two vehicles were travelling too fast for the road conditions. However, they are still investigating the precise cause of the incident as well as the number and nature of injuries.
Authorities are still listing the main causes of road accidents this year as intoxication, reckless driving and general violation of the traffic rules.
Motorbikes were involved in 95 percent of all vehicular accidents with 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 involved 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 April 22, 2017)