Forty-six people died and 482 were injured in road accidents on the first day of the Songkran holiday.
The figures were disclosed by Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit.
The first day of the annual road safety campaign was Wednesday, April 11.
Arkhom says 34.6% of the accidents were caused by drunk driving and 26.9% by speeding, with motorcycles accounting for 78.5% of the accidents (numbers rounded off to nearest .1%)
65.4% of the incidents occurred on straight roads, with 42.3% of the incidents occurring on national highways and 35% on secondary roads.
According to the committee, 29% of the accidents took place between 4 and 8pm and about 25% of the casualties are people over 50 years old.
More than 65,000 officials, including police, military personnel and local officials, have been mobilised to man road checkpoints across the country to ensure road safety. More than 163,000 people have been cited for traffic law violations, with over 45,000 cases of motorcyclists not wearing a crash helmet and 41,000 cases of driving without a valid licence.
The southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat topped the list with 20 road accidents on the first day of the campaign.
SOURCE: Thai PBS
Pattaya’s LONG Songkran comes to an end today
Whilst most of us have hung up our water pistols last Saturday or Sunday following Songkran revellry, punters in Pattaya have been hard at it all week.
But after 9 days of water wastage and Songkran celebrations, the annual festivities come to a close in parades and official festivities today and tomorrow.
Officially, according to the Pattaya Mail, April 19 is the final day of Pattaya’s Songkran celebrations. Ceremonies are being held today at Chaimongkol Temple. Alms offerings and elderly blessing ceremony were held early this morning and cultural shows continuing during the day featuring dancing and traditional games.
Pattaya’s Songkran parade started at noon along Second Road, Central Road and back along Beach Road to Bali Hai Pier before returning to the temple.
Pattaya officials reminded revellers that powder and chalk isn’t permitted, along with high-power water guns. Water-throwing is ‘meant’ to stop at 6pm, but… well… Songkran!
Tomorrow, April 20, the Rice Festival in Naklua, with no water throwing, officially draws the mid-April events to a close.
SOURCE: Pattaya Mail
Twitter shares the Songkran experience – 2.8 million tweets
Thais flocked to Twitter during this year’s Songkran to share their experiences. This year’s #Songkran’s festivities generated 2.8 million Tweets from April 12-16 and the conversation peaked on April 13, around 6pm, with 71,000 Tweets per minute.
The celebration of the Thai Buddhist New Year, Songkran, is a time for family. It’s the time for reflection on the past year, for paying respect to elders, and preparation for the year ahead. Whether you were enjoying the water fights, travelling overseas or spending time with family; Thais flocked to Twitter to share their Songkran experience.
Whether you were traveling with family for Songkran holiday, spending some time with friends to be part of the water fights, or looking for some inspirations around Thailand this Songkran; hashtags proved a popular way for Thais to come together and share their Songkran experience on Twitter.
The top Thai language hashtag and second most popular overall was #สงกรานต์, the Thai language equivalent of #Songkran. The hashtag was used widely as a rallying cry to events and activities taking place all across Thailand.
#WhatsHappening is happening on Twitter as Thais are taking to the platform to share their moments and join in the conversation.
Total five deaths in Phuket Songkran ‘Seven Day of Danger’ campaign
PHOTO: Kathu Police
As reports are tallied for the seventh full day (April 17) of the ‘Seven Days of Danger’ road and marine safety campaign, there were 3 road accidents, including 1 injury and two deaths on the final day.
Those two dead were from separate motorbike accidents.
A motorbike driver, 68 year old Filipino man Regoberto Igaciq, died at the scene at the intersection of Khwang Road and Chao Fah West Road in Wichit yesterday at 1.25am.
He was travelling on his motorbike when a Mercedes Benz, whose driver was a Cambodian man, collided with his motorbike. The report says that the car driver’s alcohol test was indicated he was over the legal limit.
Another death was a 14 year old male Maythasit Maneeman who was a motorbike passenger. He died at the scene after the motorbike he was travelling on collided with another motorbike at 2.50pm yesterday on Wichit Songkram Road in Phuket Town. He skidded off the motorbike and under the wheels of a Po Thong Bus (Phuket local bus) which was following behind.
The Songkran ‘Seven Day of Danger’ campaign ended at midnight Wednesday. There were a total of 33 accidents, 34 injuries and 5 deaths in Phuket.
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