Fatal Fortnight in Capital Claims Six Lives


Six victims died in road accidents in the capital over the two weeks from August 1-14, according to the Vientiane Traffic Police Department.

The department latest report said last week (August 8-14) 90 road accidents occurred around the country in which 11 people died, 127 people were injured including 16 seriously, and 161 vehicles were damaged with losses amounting to 790 million kip.

However, the number of road accidents decreased from the 100 of the previous week (August 1-7) which unfortunately claimed the lives of 17 people.

The largest number of road accidents last week occurred in the capital with 27 which resulted in four fatalities and 35 people being injured with 51 vehicles being damaged amounting to 180 million kip in losses.

Vientiane’s 27 road accidents last week represented a slight decrease from the 31 for August 1-7 but the number of fatalities increased from two in the first week of the month.

Meanwhile, Champassak province recorded the second highest number of accidents with 20 in which three people died, 22 people were injured, and 35 vehicles were damaged with a total damages bill amounting to over 240 million kip.

Most of the accidents occurred during the evening as a result of drunk driving and non-compliance with the traffic rules with many drivers not having a license, authorities reported.

Statistics from the Vientiane Traffic Police Department show that people aged 20-25 and 30-40 are most at risk of being involved in an accident.

Source: Vientiane Times