Source: Vientiane Time
Nearly 90 people were killed in road accidents across the country during March, according to the latest report from the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security.
The accidents also resulted in damage estimated to be worth more than seven billion kip.
According to the report issued by the department, there were 559 road accidents during the month, a decrease of 17 from the figures for February.
In the accidents during March, 87 people were killed, 828 others were injured and 997 vehicles were damaged.
Road accidents continue to kill and maim people across the country, with Vientiane recording the highest number of incidents.
In Vientiane alone, there were 96 accidents with 22 fatalities in March. The capital was followed by Champassak province, with 65 accidents and nine fatalities.
Savannakhet province recorded 52 accidents and 10 fatalities.
Most road accidents occurred because of drink driving and excessive speed, according to police officers.
The traffic police has advised motorists to be aware of the importance of safe driving and safety at all times. Drivers and passengers should always wear seat belts, while motorcyclists should ensure they are wearing strong crash helmets.
The traffic police are concentrating on a road safety campaign, especially in schools, in a bid to reduce the rising toll of accidents.
The campaign provides information on traffic regulations and the dangers of careless driving. Such activities are aimed at helping students and others have a better understanding of traffic rules and the risks posed by road accidents.