New Year road toll rises to 266

A total of 57 people were killed and 571 injured in 537 road accidents nationwide on Dec 31, the fifth day of the "seven dangerous days", the Road Safety Operations Centre reported on Wednesday.

The road death toll over the first five days went up from 209 reported on Tuesday to 266, while the injuries increased from 1,931 to 2,502, according to the centre.

The province with most fatalities is northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima with 15.

 Drunk driving and speeding were major causes of the death and injury, the centre  said.

The “seven dangerous days” (Dec 27-Jan 2) campaign is launched for the prevention and the reduction of road accidents during the 2014 New Year celebrations by the Interior Ministry.

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Discussion 1 : 01/01/2014 at 06:22 PM
Ian, the driving style is the same throughout the country. Here in Thailand I believe they are just called "normal drivers."
Discussion 2 : 01/01/2014 at 04:45 PM
To the typical Thai male driving sensibly and safely would be equivalent to castration. (I wonder if ladyboys make safer drivers?).
Discussion 3 : 01/01/2014 at 03:30 PM
Ian, a few years ago the Thai death-toll at Christmas through to New Year was the same as the British road-deaths for a whole year, about 600.
Discussion 4 : 01/01/2014 at 03:01 PM
Prevention? Reduction? In order to achieve this there needs to a credible policy and there isn't one. We are actually well into the WHO/UN 'Decade of Action' for international road safety. Thailand has not complied yet poor, third world countries have. The successful formula for road safety is known as the 3'E's; Education, Engineering and Enforcement. Driver education (training & testing) doesn't exist. Engineering in many places is dangerous. As for enforcement, I think we all know the problems related to that. Whilst we read this there are adverts by leading motor manufacturers on Thai TV that would be banned in UK/EU.
Discussion 5 : 01/01/2014 at 02:41 PM
I think one problem is the mass migration that takes place during public holidays, the driving style in a big city is very different from that of the open roads of the countryside. We see the same problem in England, although less drastically, we call them "weekend drivers".
Discussion 6 : 01/01/2014 at 01:50 PM
Thai math skills would indicate that Thais can not count. Thais lie because they can. I would hazard a guess that if you want a reasonably accurate number for the week of carnage you should take the official figure, double it and then add 10.
Discussion 7 : 01/01/2014 at 01:49 PM
According to a recent seminar and the figures given officially exactly (!!) 26000 people died of traffic related accident in 2010. Thats over 70 poor souls a day. So these figures for the festive season need to be doubled at least...or maybe its got better. (Manipulated).
Discussion 8 : 01/01/2014 at 01:39 PM
I am currently living in Nakhon Ratchasima and there is no noticeable action by authorities to educate or police car drivers or motorcycle riders. Very few motorcycle riders or passengers wear helmets and everyday I see motorcyclists and car drivers driving dangerously risking their own life and the lives of others. For example it is common practice for motorcycles to travel the wrong way up the road against oncoming traffic to get to their destination.
Discussion 9 : 01/01/2014 at 01:34 PM
Thailand does not comply with UN/WHO audit methods. Add to that the incompetence and dysfunctional methods of gathering any basic information and you will have a greater understanding of the problem. Nothing will change for at least two generations. The world leaders in road safety, the SUN countries (Sweden, UK & Netherlands) have offered help, as I have but not even been afforded the dignity of a response.
Discussion 10 : 01/01/2014 at 01:24 PM
didn't the ministry and police say a few months back that they were going to introduce measures to reduce the road deaths??
Discussion 11 : 01/01/2014 at 01:11 PM
One of those regular reminders that for death, injury, lost productivity and other harms to society and others, such as family, the use and abuse of alcohol is far and away Thailand's biggest source of drug problems. As with official approaches to Thai drug problems, the current approaches are obviously not stunning successes. Perhaps something new should be tried? Or is continuing with current policy more profitable for the usual suspects?
Discussion 12 : 01/01/2014 at 12:37 PM
Prevention and reduction obviously is not working. Would look even worse if the actual number of road deaths were published instead of just those that died at the scene.
Discussion 13 : 01/01/2014 at 12:36 PM
Even if authorities concentrated only on Nakhon Ratchasima they might have an impact, but that would be too obvious.

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