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47 killed, 292 injured in Songkran road accidents on Tuesday

47 killed, 292 injured in Songkran road accidents on Tuesday

THAILAND: A total of 301 road accidents occurred nationwide on Tuesday (Apr 12), the second of the so-called “seven dangerous days” around the Songkran Festival, causing 47 deaths and 292 injuries, according to government data that probably understates the true death toll.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 14 April 2022, 07:59AM


Motorists head north on the Asian Highway in Bang Pahan district of Ayutthaya yesterday (Apr 13), the first day of the Songkran holiday. Photo: Sunthorn Pongpao

Motorists head north on the Asian Highway in Bang Pahan district of Ayutthaya yesterday (Apr 13), the first day of the Songkran holiday. Photo: Sunthorn Pongpao

Speeding and drink-driving were still the main causes of the accidents, Interior Ministry deputy permanent secretary Nirat Pongsithithavorn said yesterday.

Mr Nirat, as chair of the centre for the prevention and reduction of road accidents during the 2022 Songkran Festival, said the figures were compiled from daily situation reports by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and concerned agencies, reports the Bangkok Post.

On Tuesday, the second of the “seven dangerous days” (Apr 11-17), there were 301 road accidents with 47 killed and 292 injuries.

However, the daily death tolls do not appear to include those who succumb to their injuries on subsequent days. According to the Thailand Development Research Institute and the World Health Organization, an average of 56 people die from road accidents in the kingdom every day of the year.

Speeding accounted for most accidents (36.88%), followed by drink-driving (25.25%), according to government data.

Most of the accidents involved motorcycles (79.94%) and pick-ups (9.97%). Of the total, 40.20% occurred on Highway Department roads and 34.88% on roads under the jurisdiction of tambon administration organisations. The majority, 83.72%, happened on straight roads.

Thai Residential

Khon Kaen registered the highest number of accidents (14).

Khon Kaen and Nakhon Si Thammarat reported most injuries (12 each). The province with most road deaths was Nakhon Ratchasima (4).

There were 1,902 main safety checkpoints in operation, manned by 56,343 officials, throughout the country.

A total of 400,646 vehicles were pulled over for safety checks and 72,886 drivers were charged - 20,731 for not having a licence and 20,136 for not wearing a safety helmet while riding a motorcycle.

The accumulated figures for the past two days (Apr 11-12) were 538 accidents with 73 killed and 530 injured.

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Fascinated | 14 April 2022 - 10:30:42

Lies, damn lies and statistics.

JohnC | 14 April 2022 - 09:58:50

With figures like these the old days of Songkran carnage appear to have returned...

 

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