The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News Thailand News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Songkran death toll rises to 188 after three days

NATIONWIDE: The first three days of Songkran's “seven dangerous days’’ saw 188 deaths and 1,934 people hospitalised in 1,846 road accidents across the country.

accidents, alcohol, crime, death, police, military, health, transport,


Bangkok Post

Saturday 14 April 2018, 03:49PM


Yesterday (Apr 13) alone, Songkran Day, there were 820 road accidents, claiming 86 lives and hospitalising 852 people,  Maj Gen Ekkarak Limsangkat, commander of Special Branch Police 3, said today (Apr 14). 

This brought the accumulated death toll from April 11 to 13 to 188 in 1,846 accidents, which also injured 1,934 people. Drink-driving remained the major cause of the crashes (47.6%), followed by speeding (27.4%).  Most of the accidents (78.9%), involved motorcycles, said Maj Gen Ekkarak.  

Provincial authorities have instructed police and officials manning checkpoints to strictly enforce traffic laws, particularly in at-risk districts.  

At 2,029 checkpoints nationwide, 172,294 people faced legal action for traffic law violations. Of the total, 50,197 failed to wear crash helmets and 45,485 drove without licences, said the Special Branch Police 3 commander. 

Chiang Mai saw the highest numbers of road accidents (65) and injuries (70). Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram and Phetchabun, saw the highest death toll (eight each). 

Eleven provinces reported no deaths, said Maj Gen Ekkarak. 

QSI International School Phuket

Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation chief Chayapol Thitisak, in his capacity as secretary to the Road Safety Centre, said 57.4% of the people killed in Songkran road accidents over the past three days were local people living in the areas where the crashes occurred. Most of the dead victims (80.8%) were drivers. 

The centre has instructed provincial authorities to strictly check motorcycle drivers and car drivers whose behaviours, including drink-driving and speeding, were at risk. 

Meanwhile, a total of 113,960 people were found to have violated the anti-drink-driving measures over the past three days, with 2,991 vehicles impounded, National Council for Peace and Order and army spokeswoman Sirichan Ngathong said today. 

The impounded vehicles were being properly cared for. Owners could contact officials to get their vehicles after the Songkran holiday, said Col Sirichan.

Read original story here.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
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: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
   => Forget password?

Kurt | 16 April 2018 - 09:37:10

Nothing will improve, year after year. Doesn't matter how many tents with relaxing tv watching, drinking officials you put at road sides.
Sometimes it feels they feel ok with it. Just 'cosmetic cover ups'.

Real change has to come from teaching kids in kinder garden  about 'better safe than sorry'.
'Older' proves yearly not getting touched by safety thinking.

The Phuket News

Jor12 | 15 April 2018 - 10:03:50

Of course its acceptable. No one cares. With a population of some 65 million Thailand can afford to lose a few and let the families look after the infirm cos there aint no welfare system.

The Phuket News

crispy | 14 April 2018 - 18:24:33

I cannot believe that anyone can think that this is acceptable for just three days of Songkran ,this is an absolute disgrace .  

The Phuket News
Matches 3 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Opinion: The day my best friend drowned on a Phuket day tour

It's not even a consideration, best leave your tourist dollars on the tarmac and depart swiftly if you think authorities give a hoot about tourist...(Read More)


Police wait to question driver involved in Phuket accident

Lt Chanat Hongsitthichaikul say“I have not yet decided whether to press any charges against this man as I do not have enough information"A can ...(Read More)


Phuket police begin probe into cars scratched at airport

A team of Sakoo Police officers (5 in photo) to investigate 3 scratched cars that were probably illegally parked anyway? What a shameful waste of reso...(Read More)


Phuket Governor issues emergency budget to clear Patong’s filthy canal

Canals sediment is not black water pollution. It's the pollution Phuket Authorities not know to handle, at EVERY beach! Removing sludge ( not sed...(Read More)


Opinion: The day my best friend drowned on a Phuket day tour

Unfortunately Tourist safety is not available in Thailand....(Read More)


Opinion: The day my best friend drowned on a Phuket day tour

What a terrible tragedy, and the author of this letter is of course quite correct. Not only did he pay entry fees he also paid tourist room tax at his...(Read More)


Fingers off whale sharks, biologist says

These creatures used to visit the area regularly. It's only because of the kind of ignorance demonstrated by these people and inherent in society ...(Read More)


Woman loses leg in Phuket road accident

If you're speeding recklessly, then you're at fault. Too many drivers have no visible consciousness in this regard. The system does not provid...(Read More)


Pattaya official thinks garbage figures are rubbish

Are the Pattaya office tiger Officials paralyzed? Why they not themselves daily double check on weighting? Why, for what is a Pattaya City job, they...(Read More)


Thai Navy commander in Phuket as air fighters, weapons firing mark exercise

It's now a helicopter carrier, built in Spain, commissioned in 1997. Just carry 6 helicopters only. No functioning anti-aircraft defense system. ...(Read More)

The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.