Laos Records Increase in Road Accident Casualties in March

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Road Accidents in Laos Claim Over 90 Lives in March
A moderate damaged car after an accident in Laos (Lao Phatthana)

The Traffic Police Department reported that 95 people died in road accidents across Laos in March, an increase from the previous month’s figure of 85 casualties.

A total of 617 road accidents took place throughout the month, claiming the lives of 95 people, an increase of 10 casualties from February.

The report from the traffic authorities indicates that the main reasons behind the accidents were driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, making sudden changes in vehicle direction, and speeding. Specifically, inebriated driving resulted in 135 accidents, while sudden changes in direction contributed to 108 incidents, and speeding led to 100 cases.

Most of the accidents occurred between 5 pm to 12 am, with the highest frequency on Friday and Saturday. The majority of the affected drivers were between the ages of 16 to 30 and while some of them were unemployed, others were laborers, traders, and university students.

Vientiane Capital witnessed the highest number of accidents during the month, followed by Champasack and Savannakhet provinces.

In light of increasing road accidents, the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security in Laos has revealed plans to ensure road safety during the Lao New Year holiday from 11-17 April.

The department announced on Thursday that traffic police will be present throughout the country, including in residential areas, tourist locations, and accident-prone areas, to ensure the safety of road users.