Laos Records 630 Road Accidents in February, with 101 Deaths

Laos Records 630 Road Accidents in February, with 101 Deaths
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Laos saw a decrease in road accidents, with a total of 630 incidents recorded in February, marking a drop of 143 compared to the previous month.

The Traffic Police Department’s report revealed that a total of 64 foreigners are among the casualties that lost their lives in the tragedy, with Chinese being the highest number at 32 individuals, followed by Vietnamese at 22, and Thai at 11, and the remaining being Korean, British, French, and Australian.

These accidents led to injuries for 1,192 individuals and damage to 1,367 vehicles. 

Vientiane Capital recorded the highest number of accidents and deaths, with 91 cases and 13 fatalities, followed by Champasack, Vientiane, Bokeo, Savannakhet, Attapeu, and Oudomxay provinces. 

According to the report, the main causes of accidents were intoxicated driving, speeding, sudden changes in direction, failure to comply with traffic signs, technical issues with vehicles, and overtaking, with most occurrences taking place in the evening, between 5 pm and 12 am.

A significant number of fatalities are linked to professional drivers, totaling 329, followed by laborers at 221, and students at 176.

Despite efforts such as limiting passenger vehicles’ speed to 80 km/h in cities and setting time limits for carrying goods or passengers, the country still experiences a high number of monthly accidents.