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




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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    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Time to lockdown the roads it’s out of control

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    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 9:38 am

    More dead in one day than in one year of supposed pandemic. Let’s block the traffic to preserve health!
    (and, of course, let’s close restaurants and swimming pools)

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    Ming Ming Chang

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 9:49 am

    In 2 days, 74 people died of accident. That’s more than the total number of deaths from Covid-19. Maybe Thailand should ban automobile instead.

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    Alph Michaels

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Outside this post and pic which happens to look like a typical Friday in Bangkok, I have yet to see many pics of what the roads actually looked like starting the 29th.

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    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 10:55 am

    After being with my wife for the first time in Thailand Bangkok Traffic and driving I would say was the worst in the world
    They worry about the Virus destroy the economy yet more killed in one day than all the virus deaths in Thailand
    If this new Virus takes hold then this will change
    However, the road toll the drivers the cars and motorbikes will never stop killing Thai,s
    Sad fact that will never change ..the Gov should hang their head in shame let get to this point
    Good Luck Thailand

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    James Pate

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Off to a good start! 3 days to go!

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    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Ban cars , min Thailand , much more dangerous than covid 19

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      Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      Matter is you know only the death number straight on the roads, not the ones passing on way to hospitals, in hospitals later as well and how many life handicaps will remain… Why not a fine of 15 to 20.000 against not wearing helmets, driving when on phone, overspeeding and the same for the officials taking bribes + should lose their jobs not simply transfered..

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    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    If they release the real bioweapon, its a threat.

    If they won’t report cycle thresholds for pcr testing, its safe to assume its a giant hoax.

    I say we treat this like a hostage situation.

    Do more comprehensive reporting on cycle thresholds or i will continue to think it is a hoax.

    What really makes the most sense, is the flu, which mutates, has been rebranded as covid 19

    Total deaths globally year over year have not increased.

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    Issan John

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Some of the maths appears a trifle flawed.

    “Most of the dead and injured persons were over 50 years old, nearly 30% of the total cases on the day.”

    Things may have changed, but when I went to school “most” was rather more than “nearly 30%”.

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    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    If they really want to begin to solve the problem they should look to the countries that have the fewest fatalities for clues.

    Drinking: Make it draconian financially to drink and drive. Fines, jail time and license revocation. What does Singapore do?

    Speeding: Install cameras and issue fines via mail. What does Switzerland do?

    Police Corruption: Pay police more and jail them if they’re caught taking a bribe. What does China do?

    It’s tough to change something that’s so systemically ingrained. You certainly don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

    BTW, it’s idiotic to compare road deaths to COVID just to support you’re anti-virus, anti-vaccination and anti-mask narrative. Most of you are whining and complaining and not part of the solution. Almost no one in Thailand supports your narrative.

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 6:09 am

    Intoxication and speeding are the 2 main causes of road fatalities. If they really wanted to lower the death toll they would emulate the countries that have a good track record. What does Singapore do? Switzerland? They don’t want it bad enough to do what’s necessary. Fines, jail, cameras that lead to automatic ticket issuance, holding drinking establishments liable, etc. would be a start.

    Also comparing road deaths to COVID deaths proves my point. Thailand wanted really badly to keep COVID deaths down and they succeeded. The UK and Thailand have roughly the same population 67M vs 70M. COVID deaths in the UK are 73,512 and counting versus 63 in Thailand as of today. Interestingly enough the UK has a very good road fatality rate.

    Weak enforcement compounded by corruption isn’t going to get the job done. Where’s the Boss? If he was poor or killed someone really important they would find and convict him.

    You’re correct to make fun of this initiative. It’s a farce.

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