New Year road toll now 334

A total of 68 people were killed and 539 injured in 536 road accidents nationwide on Jan 1, the sixth day of the "seven dangerous days", caretaker Deputy Interior Minister Visarn Techateerawat said on Thursday.

Mr Visarn said the ministry’s Road Safety Operations Centre reported that the road death toll over the first six days (Dec 27-Jan 1) went up from 266 on Tuesday, as reported on Wednesday, to 334, while the number of injuries increased from 2,502 to 3,041 in 2,891 road accidents.

Drunk driving was ranked the main cause of accidents, at 51.49%, followed by speeding at 24.44%. Of the total vehicle crashes over the period, 81.62% involved motorcycles, 8.11% were pickup trucks and the remainder were other vehicles, he added.

The province with most fatalities remains northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima with 21. Nakhon Sawan had the largest number of injuries at 121.

Chiang Mai and Nakhon Sawan had the highest number of road accidents at 111 each.

Provinces which remained road fatality-free over the first six days were Mae Hong Son, Buengkan, Yasothon, Chai Nat, Trat, Samut Songkhram, Pattani and Phang Nga.

The “seven dangerous days” run from Dec 27-Jan 2.

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Discussion 1 : 02/01/2014 at 07:50 PM
HEY--given the Thai Army's threat to stage a coup in order to stop death and destruction in Thailand, how come there wasn't a coup over the holiday road toll figures? Let's face it, more people will die in traffic in Bangkok than from political brawling. If the Army didn't intervene over the New Year period to stop this vehicular carnage, then they have no right to intervene because a few fired-up people trade insults and get hurt via firebombs on the protest lines!
Discussion 2 : 02/01/2014 at 06:36 PM
So many people in Thailand? Your friend was certainly joking. Thailand is not a mega country by any stretch of the imagination. Try using real education and some real law enforcement.
Discussion 3 : 02/01/2014 at 05:49 PM
Too bad that there will only be unaffordable Hi-something trains in PT plans. So the killing will go on.
Discussion 4 : 02/01/2014 at 05:43 PM
This thinking by Thai people is wrong,Australia has just recorded an 8% drop in its road toll compare to 2012 with the state of Victoria recording their lowest death toll since 1924. Per capita Thailand has one of the worst road tolls in the world and their injury stats are horrendous.One only has to look at the lax attitude to seatbelts and helmets to see that Thai people often rely on good luck rather than good management in terms of road safety.
Discussion 5 : 02/01/2014 at 04:33 PM
I wonder why the period is just 7 days with 3 more days (Friday-Sunday) of heavy travel. Maybe the comparison period with other years is just 7 days. In my opinion people caught drunk driving during this period or Songkran should automatically be sent to jail for a year. from iPhone application.
Discussion 6 : 02/01/2014 at 04:15 PM
How does the normal daily road kill average compare with the 7 dangerous days daily average.
Discussion 7 : 02/01/2014 at 03:05 PM
I wonder what the toll would have been if people had had an alternative to driving cars on the road like an affordable train ?
Discussion 8 : 02/01/2014 at 02:27 PM
Drink driving, drugs, speeding, and inexperience the same reasons for the come up every year why is nothing done about it, I asked a Thai friend of mine why so many people got killed on the roads in Thailand and he said the majority of Thai people always drive with safety in mind but because there is so many people in Thailand accidents were always going to happen,

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