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Thai road deaths surpass 6,000 for year to date

Jack Burton

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Thailand’s publicly announced goal of a maximum 664 road deaths per year from 2020 now seems fanciful, by a factor of 10 of more. The Daily News reports that as of yesterday, the death toll at the scene of traffic incidents in Thailand since the beginning of the year stood at 6,120. 43 died at the incident scenes on Wednesday alone.

Authorities warn that the figure is likely to rise when all reports are tallied, and caution people not to drive fast even though roads might appear empty. As part of a campaign to raise awareness, Thailand’s Drunk Driving Foundation reported on an accident on Route 117 in the northern province of Phitsanulok in in which a Honda Civic slammed into a tree. 2 bodies were seen under shrouds by the roadside as foundation rescue officials arranged the possessions of the dead.

So far this June 423 have died at the scenes of traffic incidents. It is unknown how many more later died of their injuries. The death toll is believed to be much higher than these figures suggest with even government leaders accepting it surpasses 20,000 per year.

Most estimates put the figure at between 24,000 and 26,000 annually when all deaths at hospitals, and on the way to hospitals, are added. Bangkok Post reports that, according the WHO, the kingdom has the eighth highest number of road deaths per capita in the world. That, although still appalling, is an improvement of sorts as Thailand’s road toll ranking, per capita, used to be #1 – #3 in the world over the past decade.

Source: thaivisa | Daily News | Bangkok Post

 

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    Glenn

    Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    6000 road deaths to date this year – <60 deaths this year from the faux flu terror.

    and the govt destroyed 20% of the economy for which one?
    govt implemented soft martial law and over the top rules on the entire population for which problem?
    and govt is blaming 'foreigners', some private companies are baring 'foreigners' from using their services for which issue?

    and the lemmings are still running around with masks, face shields, and standing at distance because of which?

    and most motorcycle riders I see daily are wearing face masks and no helmets… TIT.

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    Randall

    Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    The level of traffic fatalities is crazy, stupid, unbelievable. The police do nothing to enforce traffic laws. The road outside my place has a constant stream of speeders, especially motorcycle riders who sre constantly seeing how fast they can go no matter who else is on the road. I could care less if the motorcycle riders crash, but it’s so dangerous for everybody else. The high fatality rate here is a national shame. And the government is negligent because nothing is done to stop it. If the prime minister would mandate that traffic laws actually be enforced by non-corrupt police it would be a huge step in the right direction. If laws are not enforced, there is no law.

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    Jacob

    Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 3:04 am

    So just for me to understand: The country has been in lockdown for 3 months, we still have emergency measures and borders are closed. And yet there is a total of 57 COVID deaths… Less than a day worth of road kills

    Crazy to lockdonw

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    Randall

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Thailand’s traffic fatality record is shameful. When will the government take steps to actually bring about enforcement of traffic laws? If laws and policies are not enforced they are of no effect.

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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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