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Holiday weekend road death toll: 67

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67 people were killed in road accidents during the long holiday weekend while another 388 people were injured, according to the Transport Ministry. Most of the fatalities were motorcycle riders.

Thursday and Friday were public holidays for Constitution Day and Father’s Day which commemorates King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday. Many people were off work and travelled. The ministry estimates more than 14 million vehicles travelled in and out of Bangkok over the 4-day weekend.

The ministry says 401 road incidents were reported during the holiday weekend. The most common cause for accidents was speeding while the most fatalities were motorcycle riders. Out of the 128 road incidents involving motorcycles, 41 people died and 126 people were injured.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Robert Bunker

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    More reported dead this weekend from driving than cumulatively for Covid. Nobody will bat an eyelid. But then the majority will have neither been foreigners or legging it from Tachilek and therefore not worthy of propaganda efforts.

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 14, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Odd.

      I could have sworn I just read about it in the Thaiger, from an article in the Nation … but “nobody will bat an eyelid” … Oh well, must be my imagination …

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    Maag

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Much more than covid in a couple of days….whoaaaa !
    Should ban cars and pick-up !

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    Bobby B

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Here you got real-time traffic deaths and injuries. Quite scary numbers.

    http://www.thairsc.com/eng/

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    Tim Houston

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    If gvt wants to stay consistent, time to put a national lockdown on cars and motorbikes.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      AFAIK traffic accidents aren’t infectious …..

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        RA

        Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:47 am

        Unless you’re on the receiving end while riding a motorbike. However the infection stops there.

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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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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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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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