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New Year holiday starts with 39 road deaths, 362 injured

New Year holiday starts with 39 road deaths, 362 injured

BANGKOK: Traffic accidents caused 39 deaths, with 362 other people injured, on Wednesday (Dec 29), the start of the New Year holiday road safety campaign.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 31 December 2021, 01:10PM


Northeast-bound traffic builds up on the Mitraphap Highway in Sikhiu district of Nakhon Ratchasima province, the gateway to the Northeast, yesterday (Dec 30). Photo: Prasit Tangprasert

Northeast-bound traffic builds up on the Mitraphap Highway in Sikhiu district of Nakhon Ratchasima province, the gateway to the Northeast, yesterday (Dec 30). Photo: Prasit Tangprasert

Boontham Lertsukekasem, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said yesterday that the toll resulted from 362 road accidents, reports the Bangkok Post.

The most common causes were speeding (34.6% of all accidents) and drink-driving (23.80%), with motorcycles involved in 81.3% of the accidents, he said.

Ratchaburi province recorded the most accidents, 13, Nakhon Ratchasima had the highest death toll, 5, and Loei reported the most injured people, 14.

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At 1,875 checkpoints, 62,932 people were ticketed for traffic violations - including 18,142 motorcyclists for not wearing a crash helmet, 7,939 for failing to fasten vehicle seat belts and 5,007 for unsafe motorcycles.

Mr Boontham said the New Year exodus of workers heading to home provinces started on Wednesday, with traffic heavy on main highways, inter-regional routes and bypasses.

Witthawan Soonthornkhajit, director-general of the Probation Department, said that on Wednesday courts ordered probation in 142 cases of driving under the influence of drugs, 108 drink-driving cases and five for reckless driving.

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Kurt | 02 January 2022 - 11:19:09

The number of drunk driving accidents show that not selling alcohol between 2pm-5pm and not after 11pm is complete nonsense. Such is just 'alcohol power play' by old government dino's with a passed time mind setting. Anyway, as long the accidents only effect the culprits themselve, that long no problem.

Capt B | 02 January 2022 - 10:50:27

Drivers do not become "Accidentally Drunk".

Capt B | 02 January 2022 - 10:48:25

,,I believe the % of accidents caused by drunk driving is a lot higher than stated.If you are a foreign national involved in a so called "accident" on a Thai Road & suspect that the other driver is at fault, never sign the charge sheet until you have sighted the "Negative Result" blood alcohol test result for the other driver taken within 1 hour of the collision. 

Capt B | 02 January 2022 - 10:45:48

As a victim of a drunk female driver on an AU road driving a unregistered & uninsured vehicle on an AU road & as a victim of a drunk Thai National unhelmeted male mcycle rider on a Thai road, (who never received a blood alcohol test) where my wife told me the next day after I had already signed the charge sheet, "The doctor at the Hospital said the man was very drunk", I believe ...

JohnC | 02 January 2022 - 09:27:01

Why is there no comment section for your article on the king's speech?  Was PN pressured in to doing this so nothing negative could be said about it? What about those who wish to add positive comments?

JohnC | 02 January 2022 - 09:23:18

Nw that's more like the Thailand we know so well... Death and carnage and drunkeness.

 

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