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Thailand’s roads remain some of the deadliest in the world, new report reveals

 

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A new report by the World Health Organisation paints a grim picture regarding road safety in Thailand.

 

According to WHO's Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, Thailand’s roads remain  some of the deadliest in the world.

 

The report found that the death rate per 100,000 population in Thailand was 32.7, which ranked the kingdom’s roads as the deadliest in ASEAN and among the deadliest globally.

 

Only seven other nations fared worse than Thailand, while the countries with the highest road traffic death rate per 100,000 population were found to be Liberia, Saint Lucia, Burundi and Chad.

 

The report, which was compiled using data from 2016 from 175 countries, estimated that an average of 22,491 people are killed on Thailand's roads each year, while that figure could exceed 24,717 deaths.

 

Regionally, Africa with 26.6 had the most deaths per 100,000.

 

Southeast Asia, where motorcyclist and passengers account for 43 percent of all road deaths, had 20.7 deaths per 100,000.

 

Europe was found to have the safest roads with 9.3 deaths per 100,000 population.

 

Globally, the report found that the situation regarding road traffic deaths is worsening, with someone killed in a road accident every 24 seconds.

 

1.25 million people die in traffic deaths each year and road accidents are now the leading killer of children and people aged between 5 and 29, WHO said in its report.

 

"These deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

 

"There is no excuse for inaction. This is a problem with proven solutions," he said.


 

Estimated road traffic death rate per 100,000 population

 

1. Liberia - 35.9

 

2. Saint Lucia - 35.4

 

-3. Burundi 34.7

-3. Zimbabwe - 34.7

 

-4. Democratic Republic of Congo - 33.7

-4. Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) - 33.7

 

5. Central African Republic - 33.6

 

6. Thailand - 32.7

 

7. Burkina Faso - 30.5

 

8. Namibia - 30.4

 

9. Cameroon - 30.1

 

10. Mozambique - 30.1

 

 
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What's this? Thailand has lost the number one spot? Surely someone from Government will deny this soon.

I used to think Thais didn't care for the rules, but over time I have concluded that they just simply don't have the first clue about how to drive. What you need to know to get a license here is laughable, and until that improves this place is always going to remain right up there with the worst fatality rate globally.

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15 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

A new report by the World Health Organisation paints a grim picture regarding road safety in Thailand.

I don't think many people needed a report to tell them that. Just watch traffic for a few minutes anywhere in the country and you will see stupid, dangerous, selfish and moronic driving. I'm actually surprised the carnage statistics aren't worse than they are. 

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4 minutes ago, Justgrazing said:

Only 3 points off top spot .. If Thailand puts a good run together now over the holiday period they can enter the New Year in good form in the dash for the title come spring time .. 

You are correct..

 

They have had the gage flung down-a quick sprint not to mention a quick nobbling of the opposition-should do the trick over the coming holidays in time for the Spring Carnival.

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To be fair, if they counted all deaths (not just those at the scene) then they are almost certainly still number 1.

 

i suspect the motorcycle numbers skew the real results. Of course you are more likely to die at the scene on a motorbike than a car. Car accident would be much more likely to die later.

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I bet someone in the government is getting a pat on the back because Thailand in no longer number one! Even though the actual death toll has supposedly risen again this year.

I strongly believe that there is isn't really a solution to road safety here in Thailand. Its too far gone. All Thais would have to put their hands up and admit that collectively they are poor road users. This is not about individuals. People talk about starting at grass roots level with the young kids but that would have to involve telling them that there is a strong possibility that their parents are crap drivers. There is little or no training coupled with almost no awareness and perhaps most inportantly of all zero patience.

Stay safe out there, it's only going to get worse.



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3 minutes ago, rudi49jr said:

'Thailand's roads remain some of the deadliest in the world'

 

They have been for many years already, but apparently still no one cares enough to actually do something about it.

I do think that they care, but no one can change the mentality of Thai drivers, no matter what "driving education" they would get.

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