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World road toll – could Thailand move into first place?

Tanutam Thawan



Thailand is in danger of moving from its previous number two position in the world for fatal road accidents to number one. A new report on road safety from 2016 – 2017 shows road deaths in Thailand have risen by almost 3,000.

The Provincial Road Accident Prevention and Resolution Program and Road Safety Operation Centre has released a report that shows there were 22,356 road traffic deaths in 2016, up nearly, 3,000 from 2015’s toll.

The report indicates that the number of road deaths vary around the country and that the top 6 provinces with the most road deaths were all in the east:

• Rayong – 72 deaths
• Sa Kaew – 69
• Chonburi – 58
• Chanthaburi – 57
• Nakhon Naiyok – 56
• Prachinburi – 55
(Number are deaths per 100,000 people)

The report shows that 3 out of 4 people who died in road accidents were male. Men 15 – 29 years old were the most likely age-group to be in a fatal accident.

Bangkok was revealed as having the lowest number of road deaths – 14.30 per 100,000 people. Yala, Mae Hong Son, Satun, Amart Charoen and Pattani also had less than 20 deaths per 100,000 people.

The report says that 39% of road fatalities are on motorbikes, 5% are pedestrians and 1% were cyclists.

The latest compiled world reports place Thailand’s horrendous road toll – averaging 36 deaths per 100,000 people – as the second worst in the world with only Libya higher at a staggering 73 deaths per 100,000 people. But even with the additional 3,000 deaths over the past 12 months it’s hard to see Thailand pushing into first place in this shameful world statistic.

Globally, the average road death rate is 17.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Low-income countries have the highest annual road traffic fatality rates, at 24.1 per 100,000, while the rate in high-income countries is lowest, at 9.2 per 100,000.

SOURCES: Thai Residents, Wikipedia

PHOTO: NationMultimedia


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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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