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

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Chiang Rai Times

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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    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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      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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      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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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:19 pm

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

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Thailand you must lock down the rds outscored than covid

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    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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      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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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm

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

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      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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    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

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    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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    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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    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 for culling the stupid …. seems the only answer ..
    Good Luck

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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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    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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