January 23, 2017 11:06
Most car accidents happen the day before the Lunar New Year as many people rush to their ancestral hometowns, according to data from 2011 to 2015.
An average of 638.8 car accidents occurred the day before the holiday, the Road Traffic Authority said on Sunday. Next came the first day of the holiday (440.2) and fourth day (395.3).
The number of car accidents on the day before the holiday was 1.7 times higher than the average of 384.1 throughout the holiday.
On the day before the holiday, accidents were most likely to occur in the evening with 14.5 percent between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. KoROAD said the reason is probably that many drivers hit the road straight after work to get to their ancestral hometowns.
Accidents are also more deadly. Some 191 people per every 100 car accidents died or were injured over the holiday, some 23 percent more than on normal weekdays. The main reason is that cars are often packed with the whole family rather than single drivers.
This year's four-day holiday starts Friday.
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