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Thai road death toll tops 12,000 in 2019

Jack Burton



PHOTO: Motorcyclist skittled by pick-up and killed in Ranong this week – Daily News

Thai media report 12,304 people have been registered as dying at accident scenes in Thailand so far this year.

Academics caution that this figure only relates to those who die at the scene, and the actual death toll is far higher when when all all data is collated, and when victims succumb to their injuries after leaving the accident scene.

The total annual Thai death toll, over recent years, is between 21,000 – 24,000, making it one of the worst in the world (currently #5 in the world according to World Health Orginisation data).

On Monday this week 62 people died, bringing November’s toll to 144 on just the fourth day of the month.

The Daily News runs an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of Thai roads. They report the death toll daily, along with accident reports.

The Daily News reported that a motorcyclist was recently killed outside a chicken rice shop in the southern province of Ranong, north of Phang Nga. The lane-changing motorcyclist was hit by a pickup driver who could not brake in time, and flung the victim into the back of another pickup.

SOURCE: Daily News | Thai Visa


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    Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve lived in Thailand for 5 years now and driven over 100,000 kms. I have never witnessed the police pull over any of the diabolical drivers we all encounter every day on Thai roads. Jumping red stop lights, speeding, not signalling, tailgating, lane jumping, mobile phone use and texting while driving. These are only a few of the lawless activities that continue unheeded by the police, who appear to be happy setting up road blocks purely for monetary gain. Unfortunately, the death toll will continue unabated and good innocent drivers and their passengers will die at the hands of the aforementioned lunatics. The Corona Virus death rate in Thailand is around sixty people and has resulted in a lockdown and economical disaster, however, approximately sixty people lose their lives daily on Thai roads and no one lifts a finger to end the carnage!

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      Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 9:27 am

      I have been driving in Australia for 50 years and have been driving in North east Thailand for about 18 months, Thai people have got no idea of road rules.i think most drivers dont have a license or if they did the police must be giving them to anyone as long as they pay.Kids as young as 8 are riding their motorbikes to school and if that is not bad enough , they might have 1 or 2 more children on the back all with no helmets.When people want to turn right at intersections they mov e to right lane about 50 metres before turning. They are just lucky no won is coming around that corner in left lane or they would be killed.I don’t know how many times i have nearly been in a accident because of idiot drivers but because of my good driving i was able to avoid them. I am not boasting but i just know how to drive.I have been to music festivals where the young kids are as drunk they cannot walk straight, walk past police and hop on their bikes and off they go.Police do nothing,and they wonder why the death toll is so high.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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