The traffic jams have been building since Friday as all of Bangkok seemed to want to get out of the city for the New Year. A total of 71 people died in road accidents on the first two "dangerous days" of the holiday, while upcountry, cars are not being allowed into the two largest national parks.
A total of 38 people were killed and 504 injured in 495 road accidents nationwide on Friday, Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol, director-general of the Probation Department, reported on Saturday.
The casualties followed 33 fatalities on Thursday, the first day of the "seven dangerous days" road safety campaign over the New Year holidays, running from Dec 27 to next Wednesday.
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