Three Die on Vientiane Roads Over Long Weekend


Three people were killed and others sustained injuries in road accidents in the capital over the three-day period from December 2-4.

Vientiane Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security recorded 19 road accidents in the capital from December 2-4 in which three people died, 31 people were injured and 39 vehicles sustained damage.

The accidents resulted in 12 people suffering critical injuries, while another 10 were seriously injured and nine people were slightly injured.

One vehicle was written off, 20 sustained moderate damage while eighteen vehicles sustained minor damage, according to the police report.

Police said most of the accidents occurred as a result of drunk driving and non-compliance with the traffic rules. Meanwhile, Xaythany district recorded the most number of accidents.

An officer with Vientiane Rescue 1623 under the Foundation for Assisting Poor People of the Lao PDR also reported that over the same period the group attended to over 100 accidents in capital in which over 100 people were injured. Most of the incidents occurred between the evening and early morning.

Many accidents occur on weekends and special occasions when people get together to drink. Alcohol is recognised as being a major cause of road accidents, and this year incidents of drunken driving have been higher than ever.

A recent accident occurred in Dongmakkhai village, Xaythany district when a motorbike and a bicycle were involved in a fatal collision which killed a cyclist instantly.

Another accident took place along No.13 North Road in Phangheng village, Naxaithong district when two motorbikes collided, killing the two riders instantly while the two passengers also sustained critical injuries.

Vientiane Traffic Police Department reported that Mr Vilaphon, 20, and his passenger Mr Vilaxay, 20, both of Phangheng village were entering from a side road when they collided with Mr Sinxay, 16, and his passenger.

The Vientiane Traffic Police Department is continuing to investigate the accidents.


Source: Vientiane Times