As many as 981 lives were claimed and over 8,000 people were injured due to the over 5,000 reported road accidents last year.
The accidents also left over 9,300 vehicles damaged.
The traffic accidents in 2016 increased by more than 720 as compared to the number reported in 2015 when 995 people were killed in 5,571 road accidents, Deputy Minister of Public Security Brig. Gen Sinthavong Sayakone told the annual nationwide meeting of Public Security sector on Jan 26.
Vientiane Capital topped the list of road accidents with 1,412 accidents reported along with 1,851 injuries and 239 deaths.
In Vientiane Capital, the number represented an increase of 236 accidents and 46 fatalities as compared to 2015.
Source: Lao News Agency