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DAY ONE – Seven days of danger. Road toll down.

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As Thai holidaymakers journeyed to their hometowns for the annual New Year Festival with accompanying high traffic volumes on highways and crowded transport hubs, the Road Safety Operation Centre on Friday reported a slight decrease in accidents, deaths and injuries on the first of the seven-day road safety promotion period ending January 3.

Thursday saw 41 deaths and 500 injuries in 477 road accidents – down in comparison to the same day last year when 524 road accidents claimed 42 lives and wounded 526 people, said Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

Chiang Mai reported the most accidents at 23 cases and the most casualties at 25 injuries while Si Sa Ket suffered the most fatalities with six deaths.

The top two main causes of accidents were drunk driving (42.77 per cent) and speeding (26 per cent), while most crashes (73.62 per cent) involved motorcycles, Arkhom said. About 44 per cent of accidents took place on highways, while about one-third occurred on village roads, he said, with around 30 per cent of the crashes happening between 4pm and 8pm. Slightly over half (52.49 per cent) of the crash victims were of working age.

The 2,008 checkpoints staffed by 64,275 officers arrested 89,277 law-breaking motorists, mostly for failing to show a driver’s licence (25,628) and motorcyclists failing to wear a helmet (25,329).

Arkhom said many people now set out for their hometowns or to visit attractions upcountry for the New Year holidays. With highways so busy, the centre had instructed each province to set up checkpoints to arrest law-breaking motorists, especially those driving drunk, speeding, dozing off behind wheel, using a phone while driving or failing to use safety gears.

He said officers were also told to stop buses and vans for safety checks, as well as punishing those driving pickup trucks carrying passengers in a dangerous manner. With transport hubs crowded with travellers, the authorities were asked to check on bus drivers for sobriety and vehicle condition while police and soldiers joined in directing traffic flows, the minister said.

Those experiencing or witnessing road crashes are urged to use the hotline 1784 or 1669 to get help.

DAY ONE - Seven days of danger. Road toll down. | News by Thaiger

STORY: The Nation

 

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    simon01

    Friday, December 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    After all the hype and all the promises the result is 1 less death. That in real terms is nothing. Thats just luck. 41 deaths and 477 accidents in one day it terrible. 42% were caused by drunks and 26% for speeding. ( How many drunks were speeding?). This proves that the Thai and not the tourists and expats are the terrible drivers and responsible for most accidents. The numbers soar when the Thai are on holiday and on the roads. This is a very serious problem.

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    peter allen

    Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:19 am

    The problem is that no one has to pass a proper driving test here like in Australia, if they did there would be little or no traffic on the roads because at least 95% would fail the test
    Probably just go up to 95% of drivers being fined for having no license to drive a vehicle or ride a motorcycle

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