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392 killed in road accidents during New Year holiday’s “7 Dangerous Days”

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Nearly 400 people were killed in road accidents in Thailand over the New Year holiday week known as the “7 Dangerous Days.” Motorcycles were involved in the vast majority of accidents while speeding and drink-driving were the most common causes of accidents.

From December 29 up until yesterday, 392 people died in accidents, a 5% increase from last year’s toll of 373 deaths, according to the Road Safety Directing Centre. There were 3,333 accidents altogether and 3,326 people were injured, a decrease from last year’s count of 3,421 accidents and 3,499 injuries.

Motorcycles were involved in 82.5% of accidents. Speeding was reported as a major cause of 33.6% of accidents followed by drink-driving which was reported as the cause of 33.1% of accidents.

The centre says the “riskiest behaviours” were people not wearing helmets and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Chiang Mai reported the most accidents and injuries with 115 accidents and 117 injuries. Chiang Rai had the highest number of deaths, reporting 18 people killed in accidents over the holiday week.

Only 7 of Thailand’s 77 provinces reported no deaths during the New Years holiday week.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Brian

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    The Thai government has therefore declared a national road lockdown. No moving vehicles allowed until further notice. Everyone is advised to proceed to their destination on foot.

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      Sona

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:13 pm

      You are right ??? road lock down. If you want to stop cyber crime then remove internet

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    Harry Potter

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    392 people killed in auto accidents during the New Years long weekend.
    To date, Covid over say a 9 month period Covid has killed a total of 65.
    Maybe more attention should be paid to decrease traffic deaths raher than covid??

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      Ben

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:52 pm

      The government tried really hard to keep COVID deaths down and succeeded. If they want road deaths to decrease then they should try equally as hard if they’re serious.

      If your suggesting more effort to decrease road deaths at the expense of effort to decrease COVID deaths then your suggestion will go nowhere. That’ll play to Anglo civil liberty supporters and not to Asians.

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      Willie Thomson

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:27 am

      Road accidents in Thailand mostly motor cycles, The Government should make Crash helmets mandatory, a motor cycle is for a maximum of 2 people not 3 and 4. School children are running about on these motor cycles with no license or insurance or crash helmets, pass bye Police at speed and are never stopped.

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    dearjames

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    wauw let’s all panic regarding the virus of hell.

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    Ian

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Thailand you must lock down the rds outscored than covid

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    Remo

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Thai roads kill a lot more people than Covid.

    So, if Prayut orders a lock down for covid, he should ban road traffic too.

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      Andres

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:36 am

      Exactly. COVID killed 65 in a year (0.00009% of population) so they closed the country, made lifes of millions of people very miserable. Almost 400 dead in 7 days on roads, that’s ok, no problem. Amazing Thailand.

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    Slugger

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    There is a startling lack of imagination shown in these replies.

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      Buttaxe

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:17 pm

      I know. This thread should be locked down until it is completely free of cases of traffic lockdown replies.

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    Roger

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:48 am

    You cannot grow brain matter in the brainless
    Keep on Driving on Thailand …One day the penny will drop
    As for virus effect on the economy
    Ever considered the effect of the road carnage on the economy?
    Good luck
    Thailand

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    RA

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:33 am

    “The centre says the “riskiest behaviours” were people not wearing helmets and driving under the influence of alcohol.” Wearing a helmet does not prevent accidents, only helps prevent serious brain injury. Serious enforcement and education is the only way.

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    RA

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Their own data “Speeding was reported as a major cause of 33.6% of accidents followed by drink-driving which was reported as the cause of 33.1% of accidents” shows that speeding is the number one cause, followed closely by drunk-driving.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:42 am

    I regard it as nature’s way of culling the stupid.
    Slugger do you ride a motorbike?

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    Roger

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    I have ridden big bikes for 40 years
    Been to Thailand have a wife in Thailand

    I would never RIDE A BIKE AFTER seeing drivers in Thailand Total insanity

    To me, it is just a death wish waiting to happen

    Education will not help will never happen ..Thia know everything already
    Police enforcement will never happen too many bloody vehicles on the roads
    Impossible to police ..as for culling the stupid …. seems the only answer ..
    Good Luck
    Thailand

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    Simon Morris

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Just banning motorcycles and people riding in the back of pickup trucks and the road statistics would be similar to most other countries.

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    Yan

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Yes, here we go again…Thai always want to be “First” in everything. Now they just succeeded again in killing more than a 6-fold number in just a few days than Covid did in 9 months. Next year it will increase again, as the General declared that there will be 8 more holidays. ” Me first! Me first!”…they did it again…brainless and drunken on the roads, eyes fixed on the phone…Not looking further than the length of their nose : facebook…

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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19 year old killed in motorbike street race accident in Chon Buri

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A 19 year old was killed in a street race accident after he crashed his motorbike into a trailer truck early this morning in Chon Buri’s Banglamung district.

Around 3 am this morning, a crowd of teenagers were lined up at the side of Highway 36 in the Nong Plalai subdistrict to watch the Jeerapat Nongyai race another motorbike rider. Some of the teens told police that Jeerapat lost control of his motorbike and crashed into a trailer truck. Police say Jeerapat was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 64 year old truck driver told police that many motorbike riders were racing at high speeds, not just 2. He says Jerrapat swerved slightly and crashed into the back of his truck.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Drunk driving claims most traffic accidents over holiday season

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Drunk driving is being blamed for most of the road accidents over the 7 deadly days of driving during the New Year season. So far, there have been 2,748 road accidents with 316 deaths and 2,741 injuries reported on the 5th day of the weeklong stretch.

Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation says there were about 383 accidents with 44 deaths and 384 injuries on January 2, with about 30% of those accidents attributed to drinking and driving.

About 29% of road accidents reported were attributed to excessive speeding, while almost 80% of accidents involved motorcycles. 67% of road accidents occurred mostly on a straight part of the roads, 40% were reported in provincial sub-districts and local vilages while about 32% were reported as having occurred on national highways.

Most of those accidents, about 34%, occurred between 4 to 8pm with about 31% of injuries and deaths involving victims of 50 years or older. Chiang Mai held the highest accumulative accidents and injuries, at 97 times and 99 times respectively, while Nakhon Ratchasima held the highest accumulative fatalities.

Chayathon Promsorn, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Transport, says today marks the 5th day of the safety road campaign, “A new way of life, Safe driving without accidents.” Now as New Year’s celebrations wind down, many are using major routes to return to Bangkok. He says traffic jams may occur and may cause drowsy driving for those who stayed late for New Year’s celebrations.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, therefore, is urging provincial authorities to increase checkpoints with strict law enforcement to help curb road accidents nationwide. The department also says that public transportation will be provided to help those who wish to return to the capital after the holiday season.

Despite the numbers of traffic accidents under the new campaign, it is unclear if this year’s accidents are an improvement over last year’s.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Day 2 of the New Year road safety campaign – 74 people dead

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Day 2 of the New Year holiday period (December 30) on Thailand’s roads ended up with 74 dead out of 586 road road accidents. 576 people were injured. It was the second day of the “New Normal, Safe Driving, No Accidents” campaign which was prepared to raise road safety awareness, but ended up buried under much of the Covid news and government restrictions which were rolled out in the days prior.

Drinking and driving was responsible for 34% of the incidents. Speeding caused 33.5% of the incidents. Drink driving is routinely responsible for most road accidents during all holidays in Thailand.

Most incidents on Day 2 involved motorbikes at 82%. Most crashes occurred on straight roads at 66.4%. 40.6% took place on Thai highways and 33.5% on village roads. Most of the incidents occurred between 4-8pm at 28%. Most of the dead and injured persons were over 50 years old, nearly 30% of the total cases on the day.

Police have erected 1,927 roadside checkpoints across the country including 61,710 officials. 351,923 drivers were pulled over on Day 2. 62,598 were fined for traffic violations. 19,102 persons didn’t wear helmets on their motorbike and 16,135 drivers didn’t even have a driver’s license.

Nakhon Ratchasima Province, north east of Bangkok, had the highest number of injuries and deaths on the day. The total number of road incidents over the first 2 days of the New Year road safety campaign is over 1,000 road accidents, 117 dead, and 1,014 injured.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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