New Year road death toll 366

A total of 366 people were killed and 3,345 injured in 3,174 road accidents nationwide over the "seven dangerous days" (Dec 27-Jan 2), caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan said on Friday.

The ministry’s Road Safety Operations Centre reported that the official road death toll for the New Year period was the same as the previous year at 366 fatalities, but the number of road accidents had increased by 10, or 0.32%, and the number injuries by 16, an increase of 0.48%, he said.

Drunk driving was ranked the main cause of accidents, at 41.71%. Most vehicle crashes over New Year celebrations involved motorcycles, at 81.03%, he added.

The minister said the riskiest behaviour leading to death and injury was not wearing a safety helmet, which accounted for 22.39%.

The province with most fatalities remains northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima with 21. Nakhon Sawan had the highest number of road accidents at 127.

Provinces which remained road fatality-free over the “seven dangerous days” were Mae Hong Son, Buengkan, Trat, Pattani and Phang Nga.

The ministry on Thursday reported the road toll at 334, with 3,041 injuries.

Mr Charupong said the country’s road accident fatality rate stood at 17 per 1,000 persons per year, substantially higher than his ministry’s target of 10 per 1,000 persons this year.

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Discussion 1 : 05/01/2014 at 11:59 PM
I await the usual law enforcement announcement that this is tragic and. to paraphrase " will be reduced by 50 % this year with new, more stringent road controls ".......... to be described ............ later !
Discussion 2 : 03/01/2014 at 04:44 PM
Just sack the lot and get people who care and understand road safety that is the only way to cut down this carnage
Discussion 3 : 03/01/2014 at 04:30 PM
Another failed government policy.
Discussion 4 : 03/01/2014 at 04:18 PM
So the same problem as last year, probably with the same amount caused by drunk drivers. The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result. Again the authorities carry no action, no plans to effectively tackle the problem and yet expect a different result…insanity indeed.
Discussion 5 : 03/01/2014 at 04:13 PM
I would say the riskiest behaviours are drunk driving and speeding.
Discussion 6 : 03/01/2014 at 02:52 PM
According to the World Health Organisation the number killed on the roads in Thailand in 2010 was 26,312. http://apps.who.int/gho/data/view.main.51310 That is an average of 72 deaths per day. The number was probably higher in 2013. During the 7 dangerous days the average was 52 deaths per day. If one can believe it was that low. So, if it is true should they be called the "seven safer days"?

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