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Holiday weekend road death toll: 59

Caitlin Ashworth



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Road deaths surged during the holiday weekend. 59 people were killed in road incidents and 365 people were injured, according to the Transport Ministry. From last Thursday to Monday, a total of 405 road incidents were reported across Thailand. 116 of the incidents involved motorcycles and 31 out of the 59 deaths involved motorcycles. Many of the crashes and collisions were related to speeding.

Bangkok and Suphanburi had the highest number of road incidents. Bangkok had 38 car incidents and Suphanburi reported 9 road incidents involving motorcycles.

More than 14 million vehicles drove in and out of a Bangkok. The ministry says it was nearly 39% more than they had expected. Many people traveled by driving private cars. The ministry expected more people to utilise public transportation. While 9.82 million people used public transportation, it was nearly 11% less than what was expected.

Many had last Friday and Monday off work as substitute days for Songkran after April’s water celebrations were cancelled due to lockdown measures. Songkran is also known as the “7 Deadly Days” due to the hundreds of road deaths during the holiday. Just 1 day of Songkran last year racked up 59 deaths and 598 injuries.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Bangkok Post


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    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Stop worrying about a virus that has no danger here and start wearing helmets more than these ridiculous face masks.

    I see people driving in the middle of no where pretty much wearing a mask but never a helmet.

    Use your common sense people.!

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      Florian Kluge

      Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 1:22 am

      I’ve seen that too and it amazes me every time when someone wears a mask but no helmet while driving with a bike.

      It’s still better than walking into a supermarket with a helmet though. Or wearing neither of the two like in some countries.

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    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    59 dead and they do nothing. Just normal. Covid killed 58 in 8 months and they are so Paranoid, so Scared of the ‘killer virus’, destroyed the economy and made lives of millions of people very miserable. Amazing Thailand.

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    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Why road is open??? Close the roads, open the borders

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    Jaturong Sutamitr

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Looks like your report “Holiday weekend road death toll: 59Caitlin AshworthPublished 5 mins ago on 08-09-2020” is about 4 month delay. Obviously the paragraph “Many had last Friday and Monday off work as substitute days for Songkran after April’s water celebrations were cancelled.

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      Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thai government do nothing to improve the road safety conditions. Make helmets compulsory, not the astic ones buy proper motorcycle helmets would be a start.
      Introduce proper car driving standardised tests with no bribery should you fail.

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    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    More than covid…55555

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    Florian Kluge

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 12:19 am

    People are drinking and driving again. Looks like Bangkok is getting used to the new normal.

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    devrim öger

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 3:25 am

    If you opened the borders, this nonsense would not be for domestic tourism. corona wouldn’t kill more people

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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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