Source: Vientiane Times
A total of 212 people died in road accidents around the country from January to February this year, with many of the crashes attributed to speeding and drunk driving.
In the 1,188 accidents that were recorded, 2,053 vehicles were damaged and 1,739 people were injured. Property damage amounted to over 18 billion kip, according to the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security.
At least 30 percent of the accidents occurred as a result of drunk driving and excessive speed. Over 60 percent of accidents occurred on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with most taking place after 5pm.
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, according to police.
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The Traffic Police Department will take serious steps to cut the number of accidents this year and will enforce the law in an effort to curb dangerous driving.
This will be backed up by continued road safety awareness programmes in local communities.
This year police intend to strictly enforce the law with regard to irresponsible road users, especially during the upcoming Lao New Year festivities, a police officer said. Police will continue to attempt to increase understanding of the traffic regulations among the motoring public in a bid to reduce the number of accidents.
The number of road accidents is rising every year and, on average, three people are killed each day.
But police intend to strictly bring the law to bear on dangerous drivers and will deploy officers to check drivers’ level of sobriety and curb speeding along main roads. Violators, especially drunk drivers, will be penalised according to the law, police said.