The five-day workweek system is being blamed for the increase in the death toll from Sunday traffic accidents.
For the first half of this year, the number of people who died in Sunday traffic accidents accounted for 15.4 percent (447 people) of this periods total death toll from traffic accidents according to the National Police Agency on July 19.
The number of people who died in traffic accidents for the first half of this year was 2,900, 7.3 percent down from the same period the previous year, but the number of people who died in traffic accidents on Sunday increased by 13.5 percent.
Until last year, statistics indicated that Sunday had recorded 12.6 percent, the lowest daily traffic accident death rate. However, Sunday recorded the highest death rate for the first half of this year, followed by Friday (14.8 percent), and Monday (14.4 percent).
Last years statistics showed that Tuesday recorded 15.7 percent, the highest rate, followed by Saturday (15.2 percent) and Friday (14.9 percent).
This year, the death toll for children and drivers under the influence decreased by 17.3 percent and 33.5 percent, respectively, over the same period the previous year.
Since the five-day work week system has gradually been adopted starting last July, the number of people who enjoy outdoor life on weekends has been rapidly increasing, which is a cause of the high increase in traffic volume on weekends. This must have been a reason for the rate increase, so were planning to come up with safety measures for weekend traffic accidents, said an official from the National Police Agency.