At least 12 people were killed and 69 injured in accidents countrywide on the National New Year's Day, the Police said today.
They said 12 fatal accidents were reported during the 12-hour period between Saturday 6.00 pm and Sunday 6.00 am while 22 people suffered serious injuries and 47 suffered minor injuries in the road accidents.
Seventeen accidents which damaged property were also reported during the period.
Meanwhile, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said 140 drivers were arrested during this period on charges of drunk driving while 166 drivers were charged with speeding and 22 charged with reckless driving. (Darshana Sanjeewa)