A total of 122 people lost their lives in road accidents in Laos in January while 1,272 people sustained injuries, with police attributing most of the incidents to speeding and drunk driving.
The cost of the damage incurred was estimated at over 2 billion Lao kip (over 224,719 U.S. dollars), local daily Vientiane Times reported on Monday.
According to the Traffic Police Department under the Lao Ministry of Public Security, there were 803 road accidents across the country in January in which 1,438 vehicles were damaged.
There were 163 more accidents than in December 2019, with 103 fatalities, said the report.
Topping the accident list was southern Laos’ Champassak province with 136 accidents and 18 fatalities. The second was Vientiane capital, with 127 accidents including 25 fatalities.
About 90 percent of accidents involve drunken driving, speeding and other violations of the traffic rules. The department is currently monitoring driver behavior around offices, schools, residential areas and traffic lights, according to the Traffic Police Department.