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Thailand worst in Asean for road deaths

BANGKOK: Thailand’s roads are the deadliest in Southeast Asia and among the worst in the world for vehicle accidents and fatalities, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report released yesterday (Dec 7).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 8 December 2018, 11:39AM


Thailand far outpaces its Southeast Asia neighbours when it comes to road accidents and fatalities. Photo: Sawang Rescue Kamphaeng Phet Facebook via Bangkok Post

Thailand far outpaces its Southeast Asia neighbours when it comes to road accidents and fatalities. Photo: Sawang Rescue Kamphaeng Phet Facebook via Bangkok Post

The report showed the death rate per 100,000 population in Thailand was 32.7, far ahead of Vietnam which came second at 26.7. Singapore was the safest at 2.8.

The figure for Thailand was up marginally from 32.6 in the last WHO survey three years ago, when the country had the second-highest road fatality rate in the world, behind only Libya.

The road-death rate in Libya fell to 26.1 per 100,000 in the latest survey. Only a handful of countries worldwide fared worse than Thailand in the new survey, among them Liberia at 35.9 and Democratic Republic of Congo at 33.7

Only Brunei was not included among Southeast Asian states surveyed in the WHO’s Global Status Report on Road Safety, based on a comprehensive analysis of data from 2016.

The high fatality rate of the country made the average rates of road traffic death per 100,000 people in Southeast Asia to 20.7, slightly up from its previous survey of 19.8 in 2013.

By region, only Africa had more road deaths per 100,000, at 26.6, according to this year’s report. The safest place was Europe, with 9.3 deaths for every 100,000 people.

The survey collected information from 175 countries.

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Motorcyclists and their passengers accounted for 74% of all road deaths in Thailand, against just 6% for passengers in cars and light vehicles, according to figures gathered from the Disease Control Department. Pedestrians and cyclists each accounted for 8% of the deaths, the WHO said.

The report said the high toll was a consequence of weak law enforcement in Thailand against drink-driving, helmet wearing for motorcyclists and riders, and seat-belt usage.

Only 51% of motorcycle drivers and 20% of passengers wore safety helmets in the country, while 58% of car drivers and 40% of front-seat passengers fastened their seat belts, it said.

Worldwide, road traffic accidents are now the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years, the WHO said.

 

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See also 'Road accident deaths swell to 1.35 million each year' (click here)

 

 

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Kurt | 11 December 2018 - 15:35:19

Soon we get another 'safety week'. ( New Year holidays).
Another week Officials/RTP sitting along the roads in tents, with tv and eatery. When not to hot, once in a while a road block for a short time.  Thai road safety 'work' optima forma.
But RTP not work on road safety like the Singapore police is doing. ( As we read and can see difference)
Thailand,  best in the worst.

Shwe | 09 December 2018 - 13:19:51

Anyone who has driven on Thai roads already knows this. Driving standards are abysmal, common sense by Thai road users is as rare as rocking horse S**t. Thai police enforcement is even worse, I went through a road block the other day, white folks on motor bike pulled over, Thais with no crash helmets, 3 or 4 on a bike and underage not stopped, they have no money

Foot | 08 December 2018 - 20:48:18

Not surprising.
Actually enforcing traffic laws is work!
All the paperwork after someone is ticketed for reckless driving, speeding, tailgating, running red lights, etc.  It's work.  Have you ever seen someone pulled over?
It's a shame there's no one who's paid to do this. 

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