Highway accidents kill six, injure 44 in August

Zaw Win Chit (Taungoo)


There were 38 traffic accidents on Yangon-Mandalay highway in late August, resulting in six deaths and 44 injuries, according to Nay Pyi Taw highway police office.

From January to August this year, there were 297 accidents on Yangon-Mandalay highway, leaving 60 people dead and 571 others injured. On average, there are 37 accidents, seven deaths and 71 injuries every month, according to the highway police.

According to official figures,  there were 41 accidents, nine deaths and 83 injuries in January, 36 accidents, 11 deaths and 76 injuries in February, 33 accidents, four deaths and 62 injuries in March, 44 accidents, 12 deaths and 137 injuries in April, 37 accidents, eight deaths and 77 injuries in May, 40 accidents, six deaths and 55 injuries in June and 28 accidents, four deaths and 37 injuries in July.

In a bid to reduce traffic accidents, the highway police are taking actions against overspeeding drivers and those that neglect safety measures such as not using seatbelts. The main cause of traffic accidents is linked to reckless driving, faulty vehicle parts such as tire bursts and driving while drowsy.