THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Songkran death toll down, accidents up again

NATIONWIDE: The final road toll from the week-long Songkran holiday period was 390 deaths (down 12% on last year) and 3,808 injured in 3,690 accidents, and 7,512 vehicles impounded from drink-drivers.

accidentscrimealcoholdeathtransportpoliceculture
By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 06:32PM


Bangkok-bound traffic moves along the Mitrapharp Highway in Khon Kaen province on Sunday. Photo: Jakkraphan Nathanri

Bangkok-bound traffic moves along the Mitrapharp Highway in Khon Kaen province on Sunday. Photo: Jakkraphan Nathanri

These compare with 442 fatalities in 2016 (up from 364 in 2015) 3,565 injures (3,559 in 2015) and 3,447 accidents in the same period last year (3,373 in 2015).

The figures for April 11 to 17 this year were released by Interior Permanent Secretary Grisada Boonrach today (Apr 18).

Mr Grisada attributed the fall in the death toll from last year to the government’s campaign enforcing the use of seat belts and against Songkran revellers sitting in the trays of pickup trucks. The two most common causes of accidents were drink-driving (43%) and speeding (28%). Motorcycles were involved in 85% of the accidents, he said. The most common hours for traffic accidents were between 4pm and 8pm.

The highest death toll was in Nakhon Ratchasima province, with 17. Udon Thani reported the highest number of injured (168) and accidents (161).

Four provinces were fatality free - Krabi, Mae Hong Son, Narathiwat and Samut Songkhram.

QSI International School Phuket

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said more than 200,000 officials had manned about 25,000 checkpoints nationwide during the seven-day road safety campaign.

Although the death toll was down on 2016, the number of traffic accidents did not fall because too many drivers still drank alcohol.

In a bid to curb the number of accidents and fatalities, officials had impounded 7,512 vehicles, including 5,677 motorcycles, from drink-drivers, Gen Prawit said.

He said 447,198 people faced prosecution for traffic violations during Songkran period.

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

So will they still be forcing everyone to re-write out the TM-47 form for 90 day reporting? Because ...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

Stupid idea, just scrap 90reporting and the idiotic address report if you leave the country but then...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

Another strange private decision by the manager of Phuket Immigration....(Read More)


Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

Progress , eh- who needs it. Clearly not any of the commentators below! Sitting in an air conditione...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

Great laughing, a 90 day report like a Mc Donald drive through? See the number of people waiting in ...(Read More)


Immigration Chief Surachate to inspect new Phoenix salvage attempt

Yes .... perhaps hard to imagine for you, but foreigners called in to do a job thai can't do it ...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

So there will be a line of cars with the motors running, emitting exhaust fumes? This picture implie...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

Nice,if it would work ! Something i doubt....(Read More)


Immigration Chief Surachate to inspect new Phoenix salvage attempt

"He will be disappointed that the singaporean salvage team not will wai or take notice of him&q...(Read More)