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139 killed, 653 injured, as Thailand’s holiday weekend sees surge in road accidents

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The Ministry of Transport has confirmed that hundreds of road traffic accidents have taken place over Thailand’s holiday weekend. 139 people have died and 653 have been injured in the course of the 4-day holiday, which was introduced to boost domestic tourism.

The Pattaya News report that 455 car accidents have been recorded, with nearly 79% of them being caused by excessive speed. 82 people died in car accidents, with a further 466 injured. The Ministry of Transport says 27 accidents caused by speeding occurred in Chon Buri.

Another 153 accidents involved motorbikes, with 47 bike riders killed and 165 injured. Most of the bike accidents were recorded in the central province of Nonthaburi and the northern province of Lamphun, with each province recording 11 motorbike accidents.

Public transport vehicles and trucks accounted for 21 accidents, with 13 caused by trucks, 5 by buses, and 3 by trains. Those accidents contributed a further 10 deaths and 22 injuries. Over 10.68 million people took to public transport over the course of the 4-day holiday, while out of more than 14 million vehicles that left Bangkok, 13 million were private cars.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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  1. What does get me is the government mandates the wearing of masks and all Thais follow, but they don’t mandate the wearing of helmets, so many times I see thais on their bikes with masks and no helments, do they think they are more likely to get covid whilst riding their bike or a head injury, my bet is on a head injury, so easy for the government to bring down the road toll if they wanted to.

    1. Actually Thailand DOES “mandate the wearing of helmets” – it’s the law, although whether it’s obeyed or not is a different matter.

      … and Thailand DOESN’T “mandate the wearing of masks”, which is at the discretion of each province.

      1. One can very knowingly give a motorbike accident to a family member it happens every day of the week in Thailand, when you allow others onto your motorbike without protection you are knowingly putting their lives at risk. My point is the police could very easily bring down the road toll by enforcing helmets, they just choose not to.

  2. As an American, I’ll take my chances with a small risk of vehicular death over a heavy handed govt response that restricts my freedom. I no longer have any trust in the govt respond proportionally or in the media to provide appropriate context.

    I’ve lived in the extreme alternative, Australia, where everything is strictly regulated by the govt. IMO life down under is miserable and barely worth living. But to each his or her own.

    1. Have to agree with you to some extent about Aus, with bicycle helmets, child seats, etc, as I think they’ve gone too far with being a ‘nanny’ … on the other hand, some of the selfishness in the States in the name of “freedom” is at the expense of others which is hard to justify.

      Better than France, anyway …

        1. That it’s “better than France” where ‘civil liberties’ are as inconsistent as they are increasingly irrational.

          You can’t wolf whistle at a pretty girl, but you can publish offensive cartoons; you can’t be on a beach fully dressed, but you can be on a beach stark naked; soon, you can’t photograph the police, but they can photograph you.

          All a bit wierd, and the list goes on …

    2. As an educated American expat who has lived in Thailand for close to 30 years, I find it extremely odd that anyone who has Google would say there is a “small risk of vehicular death”. Google Thailand’s ranking on road deaths, please. We’re always near the top. It’s not about ‘freedom’; it’s about responsibility. If you don’t care about your life, that’s fine. Traffic rules are in place to protect people from other people.

  3. We are told that 60 people have died in Thailand of “Covid-19” and so the country was locked down for several months and the borders remain effectively closed. Now we learn that 139 people died in one long weekend in road accidents. Using the logic of “Covid-19” the government must immediately ban all motor vehicles to protect the people!!

    1. Well said. It’s news reports like this one that “forces” all to evaluate the Covid consequences vs. the other ills that plague society, and not doing so becomes hypocritical, at best. I do believe in the seriousness of Covid, but everything is relative.

  4. I’ve often heard stories that the fatal road accident figures are those that are declared dead at the scene of the accident only and does not include anyone who dies at hospital later.
    Not sure if it’s true or not.

    1. Ha ha ha… I should not laugh really… Again, no later than yesterday I saw this guy on his bike with a small kid at the back, one at the front, driving on a quasi deserted road: noone was wearing an helmet but the driver was wearing a face mask. Not sure whether to laugh or cry… The island has a pretty pretty bad record on bike’s accident too.

      Also during the last holiday weekend, like the others before, thousands arrived on the island (it is emplty the rest of the time) in their big shiny cars. Well we all know now that we have to be EXTRA careful while driving during these holiday weekends as most of them drive like lunatics on the only main (dangerous) road from north to south on the west side as if they were on the motorway!!!!

  5. ….in the course of the 4-day holiday, which was introduced to boost domestic tourism…..and more dead. More holidays please. Dead in road accidents are less important. But Covid dead? Different story. Shutdown the country because the deadly killer claimed 60 lifes so far this year.

  6. Thailand has the priorities wrong.
    Instead of rigidly enforcing laws to prevent deaths from Covid, rigidly enforce laws to prevent deaths on the roads.
    But it would be hard for a government to justify enforcing motoring laws to run a dictatorship, which they do with the threat of covid.

  7. Being an Australian your right in one sense. the government is full on regarding road rules.. As bill fletcher said it’s more about responsibility than freedom. To Don R……I’m not sure how much you would fly the freedom flag if some selfish prick smacked you up so bad your family had to spoon feed you for the rest of your life while you sat in your wheelchair.

  8. I’ve been to Thailand since 2010. To be honest with you, I love driving up North like Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, Lamphun to Lampang and so on. Sure there’s mad traffic, but when I drove in Bangkok, my goodness I tell you. It’s free for all. It took me 3 hours to get out of Krung Thep. I’m from Montréal, Quebec and I’ve seen bad drivers and so on. Every time I travel to Thailand, I always tell my wife, let me drive, I don’t know how you got or passed your driving exam. I get so angry and stressed that she will get us or other drivers killed. Now I fully understand, you have to be an aggressive driver to survive. Their speed limit on the super highway is over 100Km/Hr. There’s two lanes and people make imaginary lanes and it causes more traffic and congestion. Also, I’ve noticed a lot of accidents is invoked in drink and driving…I’m Asian as well and I kind of get the joke; Asians can’t drive… maybe but like I said survival of the fittest ???

  9. In fairness to the government and police there are never ending road safety campaigns and have been for decades which nobody seems to take any notice of.
    Given the polite nature of most thai people this transition of personality when behind the wheel truly mystifies me.

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  1. What does get me is the government mandates the wearing of masks and all Thais follow, but they don’t mandate the wearing of helmets, so many times I see thais on their bikes with masks and no helments, do they think they are more likely to get covid whilst riding their bike or a head injury, my bet is on a head injury, so easy for the government to bring down the road toll if they wanted to.

    1. Actually Thailand DOES “mandate the wearing of helmets” – it’s the law, although whether it’s obeyed or not is a different matter.

      … and Thailand DOESN’T “mandate the wearing of masks”, which is at the discretion of each province.

      1. One can very knowingly give a motorbike accident to a family member it happens every day of the week in Thailand, when you allow others onto your motorbike without protection you are knowingly putting their lives at risk. My point is the police could very easily bring down the road toll by enforcing helmets, they just choose not to.

  2. As an American, I’ll take my chances with a small risk of vehicular death over a heavy handed govt response that restricts my freedom. I no longer have any trust in the govt respond proportionally or in the media to provide appropriate context.

    I’ve lived in the extreme alternative, Australia, where everything is strictly regulated by the govt. IMO life down under is miserable and barely worth living. But to each his or her own.

    1. Have to agree with you to some extent about Aus, with bicycle helmets, child seats, etc, as I think they’ve gone too far with being a ‘nanny’ … on the other hand, some of the selfishness in the States in the name of “freedom” is at the expense of others which is hard to justify.

      Better than France, anyway …

        1. That it’s “better than France” where ‘civil liberties’ are as inconsistent as they are increasingly irrational.

          You can’t wolf whistle at a pretty girl, but you can publish offensive cartoons; you can’t be on a beach fully dressed, but you can be on a beach stark naked; soon, you can’t photograph the police, but they can photograph you.

          All a bit wierd, and the list goes on …

    2. As an educated American expat who has lived in Thailand for close to 30 years, I find it extremely odd that anyone who has Google would say there is a “small risk of vehicular death”. Google Thailand’s ranking on road deaths, please. We’re always near the top. It’s not about ‘freedom’; it’s about responsibility. If you don’t care about your life, that’s fine. Traffic rules are in place to protect people from other people.

  3. We are told that 60 people have died in Thailand of “Covid-19” and so the country was locked down for several months and the borders remain effectively closed. Now we learn that 139 people died in one long weekend in road accidents. Using the logic of “Covid-19” the government must immediately ban all motor vehicles to protect the people!!

    1. Well said. It’s news reports like this one that “forces” all to evaluate the Covid consequences vs. the other ills that plague society, and not doing so becomes hypocritical, at best. I do believe in the seriousness of Covid, but everything is relative.

  4. I’ve often heard stories that the fatal road accident figures are those that are declared dead at the scene of the accident only and does not include anyone who dies at hospital later.
    Not sure if it’s true or not.

    1. Ha ha ha… I should not laugh really… Again, no later than yesterday I saw this guy on his bike with a small kid at the back, one at the front, driving on a quasi deserted road: noone was wearing an helmet but the driver was wearing a face mask. Not sure whether to laugh or cry… The island has a pretty pretty bad record on bike’s accident too.

      Also during the last holiday weekend, like the others before, thousands arrived on the island (it is emplty the rest of the time) in their big shiny cars. Well we all know now that we have to be EXTRA careful while driving during these holiday weekends as most of them drive like lunatics on the only main (dangerous) road from north to south on the west side as if they were on the motorway!!!!

  5. ….in the course of the 4-day holiday, which was introduced to boost domestic tourism…..and more dead. More holidays please. Dead in road accidents are less important. But Covid dead? Different story. Shutdown the country because the deadly killer claimed 60 lifes so far this year.

  6. Thailand has the priorities wrong.
    Instead of rigidly enforcing laws to prevent deaths from Covid, rigidly enforce laws to prevent deaths on the roads.
    But it would be hard for a government to justify enforcing motoring laws to run a dictatorship, which they do with the threat of covid.

  7. Being an Australian your right in one sense. the government is full on regarding road rules.. As bill fletcher said it’s more about responsibility than freedom. To Don R……I’m not sure how much you would fly the freedom flag if some selfish prick smacked you up so bad your family had to spoon feed you for the rest of your life while you sat in your wheelchair.

  8. I’ve been to Thailand since 2010. To be honest with you, I love driving up North like Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, Lamphun to Lampang and so on. Sure there’s mad traffic, but when I drove in Bangkok, my goodness I tell you. It’s free for all. It took me 3 hours to get out of Krung Thep. I’m from Montréal, Quebec and I’ve seen bad drivers and so on. Every time I travel to Thailand, I always tell my wife, let me drive, I don’t know how you got or passed your driving exam. I get so angry and stressed that she will get us or other drivers killed. Now I fully understand, you have to be an aggressive driver to survive. Their speed limit on the super highway is over 100Km/Hr. There’s two lanes and people make imaginary lanes and it causes more traffic and congestion. Also, I’ve noticed a lot of accidents is invoked in drink and driving…I’m Asian as well and I kind of get the joke; Asians can’t drive… maybe but like I said survival of the fittest ???

  9. In fairness to the government and police there are never ending road safety campaigns and have been for decades which nobody seems to take any notice of.
    Given the polite nature of most thai people this transition of personality when behind the wheel truly mystifies me.

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