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National New Year death toll rises despite lower accident numbers

BANGKOK: The road death toll during the New Year holidays rose 9.5% year-on-year to 463, even as the numbers of accidents and injuries fell.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 3 January 2019, 04:28PM

From last Thursday (Dec 27) to yesterday (Jan 2), 3,791 road accidents took place, down 1.3% during the Seven Days campaign last year, while 3,892 were hospitalised, down 2.8%, according to data from the Road Safety Directing Centre today.

The period, also known as the ‘seven dangerous days’, was designated to promote road safety for travel during New Year holidays.

Four provinces reported no road fatalities: Tak, Phrae, Satun and Samut Songkhram.

Drink driving remained the major cause (40.4%), followed by speeding (28.3%).

Motorcycles were most prone to accidents (80%), followed by pickup trucks (7%) and cars (4.1%).

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The time of the day when most accidents occurred was 4pm to 8pm (9.3%), followed by noon to 2pm (17.8%).

By age group, those aged 50 or more led (24.5%), followed by those between 30-39.

Some 1.2 million were prosecuted, up 34.3% from the previous year. The main charges were not wearing helmets, up 27.6% year-on-year to 321,800 cases, followed by driving with a licence, up 21.5% to 290,000.


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Rorri_2 | 09 January 2019 - 05:04:48

If you can't "fix" it, and no-one actually asks you to, then why [complain] about someone who has an opinion on what could be done. This forum is for peoples thoughts and opinions, otherwise it would not exist.

Rorri_2 | 09 January 2019 - 05:02:51

I don't have "idols" but I do see some sense in comments made a some, fact is the Thai "police" are a lazy bunch, seen every day sitting on their butts, doing little to "police," when there is so much good they could be doing, even their own kind know of the institutionalized corruption, but good cops are too scared to investigate, eg, the cop who fled to Australi...

GerryT81 | 08 January 2019 - 17:03:03

How I would fix it ?? I can't fix it anyway.So why should i waste my time with stupid suggestions. Probably no Thai who could fix it reads this website anyway.And i don't like to stick my nose constantly in this countries  business.That's reserved for those bored people who know everything better but can't live a relaxed life.

Pascale | 08 January 2019 - 11:08:22

...,complaining about other commenter for not giving a solution,but defending only your idol without providing a solution is ok ?.

Jor12 | 07 January 2019 - 14:52:28


Rorri_2 | 07 January 2019 - 11:50:48

... please, I, and I suspect many others, would like to know how you would "fix" it, any suggestions appreciated... but hey, no more criticizing those that show some intelligence, and thought, it is o easy to criticize, but seems hard to provide any solutions to the ongoing road carnage.

GerryT81 | 06 January 2019 - 14:58:58

No need to send officials to Singapore for learning.Just contact the serial poster .

Kurt | 06 January 2019 - 09:28:55

Just over 3 more months: SongKran!  Same-same 7 days of danger 'procedures', including doze/eat  tents sitting along the roads.  Nothing will change for the better for make thai roads more safe, lifting it up to at least a +1.0 standard. Send Officials to Singapore to learn there how to do it.

Kurt | 04 January 2019 - 17:01:03

Rose 9.5 %. Not 9, not 10, no, just 9.5%.  All these 0.2, 0.4, 0.6% etc. are a joke.  hahahaha. Sure they have not the accurate figures the day after that 7 days traffic check tent fun finished.  They even don't know how many thai are living on Phuket island if you give them 6 months to find out. Thai come and go from other provinces as it please them.

DeKaaskopp | 04 January 2019 - 15:08:31

"Where in the world are there people knowing it better than thai ? Nowhere.That is what they learn throughout their school years" Not surprised that such a stupid statement comes exactly from that megalomaniac expat who thinks he knows everything .

Kurt | 04 January 2019 - 04:16:55

That is thai cleverness :.." No reports of fatalities of 4 provinces"!   'No reports' doesn't mean that there were no fatalities.

Kurt | 03 January 2019 - 17:55:56

A different/other/new approach?  Here in Thailand?  That is the same as swearing in church..  ..."This is the way we always did it, and we always will do it". Learn from other countries? Impossible. Where in the world are there people knowing it better than thai? Nowhere. That is what they learn throughout their school years. Thai are always the best. Must be a lovely feeling. Let it be....

Discover Thainess | 03 January 2019 - 16:55:34

So now we have irrefutable proof that sitting in tents by the side of the road playing on phones doesn’t cut road deaths, will the authorities try a new approach for songkran? Learn from other countries perhaps? 

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