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January’s national road carnage up 65% – year on year

Tanutam Thawan

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With the Christmas/New Year road madness out of the way it’s now time to assess the road toll numbers for the first month of the year. After all the publicity leading up to the Christmas/New Year period the numbers are sure to drop. Right?

No.

In January 2017, 947 died on Thailand’s roads. For January 2018 the number jumped to 1,452 people, a rise of 65% year-on-year.

Even with the purge of checkpoints, spin from the Government and pleading from officials to avoid drunk driving and speeding, the country notched up one of the highest monthly tolls. The January figures even surpassing the Songkran month of April last year when 1,382 people were killed on the roads.

The January toll currently doesn’t even include those who are in hospital and may die as a result of their injuries, so the toll for the month will rise further.

Deaths at the scene of accidents in the first half of 2016 were 5,308. In 2017 this rose to a staggering 6,712 by the end of June, according to figures published in INN and sourced from the Anti Drink Driving Foundation.

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    harry1

    Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 9:48 am

    been living here 15 years,and use to local driving habits ? never had a accident,but recently my wife was hospitalized by a tourist with no license and then last week l was involved in a accident again driver had no licence,beside Thailand being no 1 in the world for death still no regulation or enforcement of the laws.how are rental companies allowed to rent out to people who don’t have a drivers licence its a broken system beyond repairs,our wellbeing is more important we have decided its time to move on

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