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This year’s Thai New Year holiday road toll has dropped 20%, compared to the same 7 days last year. In fact it’s the lowest level since 2015. But 373 people still lost their life over the “seven days of danger”, that encompassed the new year traffic and days before and after, as people returned to work.

The “seven days of danger” takes in the dates December 27 to January 2.

Yesterday, the final day in the annual road safety campaign, 45 people were killed around the country.

Over the past seven days an astonishing 83% of all deaths were people riding motorcycles, way up on the average of around 75%.

Over the seven day campaign there were 3,421 road accidents around Thailand, with 3,499 injuries. Bangkok had the highest number of deaths at 15, while Songkhla recorded the highest number of accidents at 116. There are 71 provinces in Thailand.

The cause of the deaths was predominantly drink-driving and speeding. A total of 230,603 drivers were charged with traffic offences, including 56,447 for failing to wear crash helmets whilst riding a motorbike and 51,686 people driving without a licence.

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says, despite the improvement, he was not happy with the figures since hundreds of deaths were still considered high.

“Authorities must remain vigilant and continue to find measures to lower the numbers further for the next long holidays during Songkran.”

While the road toll dropped for the recent new year period, it is still a lot higher than the gaols adopted by the Thai Land Transport Department at below 10 per 100,000 population this year, or 664 vs the 22,000 (approx.) people that died on Thai roads last year (Wikipedia).

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    May 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    There are 77 provinces in Thailand,not 71.

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The Ministry of Transport has confirmed that hundreds of road traffic accidents have taken place over Thailand’s holiday weekend. 139 people have died and 653 have been injured in the course of the 4-day holiday, which was introduced to boost domestic tourism.

The Pattaya News report that 455 car accidents have been recorded, with nearly 79% of them being caused by excessive speed. 82 people died in car accidents, with a further 466 injured. The Ministry of Transport says 27 accidents caused by speeding occurred in Chon Buri.

Another 153 accidents involved motorbikes, with 47 bike riders killed and 165 injured. Most of the bike accidents were recorded in the central province of Nonthaburi and the northern province of Lamphun, with each province recording 11 motorbike accidents.

Public transport vehicles and trucks accounted for 21 accidents, with 13 caused by trucks, 5 by buses, and 3 by trains. Those accidents contributed a further 10 deaths and 22 injuries. Over 10.68 million people took to public transport over the course of the 4-day holiday, while out of more than 14 million vehicles that left Bangkok, 13 million were private cars.

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A trailer truck packed with pigs flipped, killing hundreds of the pigs, after the driver allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel. Nation Thailand described the scene as a “horror film.” Lifeless bodies were stacked on top each other while injured pigs screamed and squealed in pain. The driver is facing reckless driving charges.

The pigs were packed in a triple-decker metal trailer. The truck driver was making his trip overnight. Around 4am as he was driving through Pathum Thani, the driver allegedly nodded off. Officers suspect the truck crashed into concrete barrier, causing the vehicle to flip to its side.

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A person was killed and another severely injured in a motorcycle collision today in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao district. The motorcycles collided while driving around a curve. One of the bikes flipped and exploded. Photos show the bike engulfed in flames.

32 year old Thanatthakorn Chareaonsuk was found dead at the scene. 25 year old Kritsada Wanpen was severely injured and broke their leg, according to Nation Thailand.

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