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Holiday weekend road death toll: 67

Caitlin Ashworth



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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


      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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    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.

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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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        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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