Road accidents killed more than 1,600 people across the country in previous four months this year, according to Myanmar Police Force.
The Traffic Police Department told The Daily Eleven on May 6 that the accidents also caused losses of around Ks 800 million in the four months from January to April.
The official figures also showed the number of traffic-related deaths has been on the rise every month.
The accidents during the period totaled 5,325, including 2,007 motorbike accidents.
“Road accidents killed more and more people across the country. To reduce it, the traffic police can’t handle it alone. Everyone using roads should follow the traffic rules and regulations,” said Police Colonel Kyaw Htwe from the department.
“ Almost 50 per cent of the accidents involved with motorbikes. So we are in cooperation with donors to distribute helmets for free,” he added.
In another odd twist, all of the 1,600 victims were less than 40 years of age, police said.
April was the month of biggest loss with Ks 220 million, and second came January with Ks 200 million in losses, according to official data.
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