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Almost 400 killed during holiday travel

Almost 400 killed during holiday travel

THAILAND: Almost 400 died in about 3,300 road accidents nationwide during the seven-day New Year road safety campaign this year, up 5% from the same period last year.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 5 January 2021, 05:41PM


The wreckage of one of the pickup trucks in a crash that took place in Hau Sai district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, yesterday (Jan 4). A man was killed instantly and two others were injured, one seriously. Photo: Suchet Raekrun.

The wreckage of one of the pickup trucks in a crash that took place in Hau Sai district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, yesterday (Jan 4). A man was killed instantly and two others were injured, one seriously. Photo: Suchet Raekrun.

A total of 392 people were killed and 3,326 others were injured in 3,333 accidents over the past seven days, the Road Safety Directing Center reported today (Jan 5).

Seven provinces – Nakhon Nayok, Narathiwat, Nan, Mae Hong Son, Ranong, Amnat Charoen and Uttaradit – reported no deaths.

Throughout the campaign, Chiang Mai logged the most accidents and injuries (115 and 117 respectively) while Chiang Rai saw the most deaths (18).

Speeding was the major cause of accidents (33.6%), followed closely by drink-driving (33.1%).

The riskiest behaviours were not wearing helmets (59.3%) and drink-driving (25.1%).

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Motorcycles were involved in the most accidents (82.5%), followed by pickup-trucks (6.2%).

Most accidents occurred on straight roads (65.8%) and during 4-8pm (27.4%).

Yesterday, the last day of the campaign, 265 accidents took place, resulting in 22 deaths and 271 injuries.

Deputy Interior Minister Nipon Boonyamanee told a briefing today the ministry had instructed provincial authorities and volunteers to plan more preventive measures based on the new data to minimise the major causes such as drink-driving and failure to wear helmets.

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Kurt | 06 January 2021 - 10:30:59

.... Well, today we are back to normal.  Lucky us that the thai driving habits are not 'pandemic'. It remains in Thailand.

Kurt | 06 January 2021 - 09:49:49

Due to Covid-19 lesser traffic on the road, but more more 'kills' than a year ago. It proves the incompetence of the RTP the last 365 days to change the Thai road users mind setting when it comes to speeding/drinking/sleeping while driving. The twice a year 'tent sitting road check points' are obviously not working. Just fake show 'we do something'. Well, today we are back ...

JohnC | 06 January 2021 - 09:19:39

More people die in a week on Thai roads that ALL deaths in country from the pandemic since it started. Even without any tourists adding to it. Very poor indeed.

Fascinated | 05 January 2021 - 19:07:44

Maybe time to call it 7 days of mayhem. Imagine how much higher it would have been with tourist buses on the road.

 

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