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Opening day for Songkran road carnage sees 46 killed

By Khanittha Theppajorn 
The Nation

 

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Thursday – the first of the “seven dangerous days” of Songkran 2019 – saw 46 people killed and 482 injured in 468 road accidents, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith told reporters at the Road Safety Centre in Bangkok on Friday.
 

Most of the accidents, 20, occurred in Nakhon Ratchasima, as did the greatest number of injuries, 23, while Udon Thani had the most fatalities, four.

 

Arkhom said most accidents involved drunk driving (34.6 per cent) and speeding (26.9 per cent) and warned that drunk drivers involved in a fatal crash would certainly be jailed.

 

He said 667,000 people left Bangkok for other provinces on Thursday alone – the largest single-day exodus for Songkran on record. 

 

Arkhom said the Songkran safety campaign aimed to make drivers sure observe the speed limit and keep their headlights on and that they and their passengers wear seatbelts, or helmets if on a motorcycle. 

 

He noted that all public-transport vehicles have GPS so they can be monitored for speeding and the vehicles’ condition was inspected. Their drivers were also routinely checked for sobriety.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30367602

 

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46 die in accidents on first day of Songkran’s safe driving campaign

 

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Forty-six people were killed and 482 others injured in road accidents on the first day of the government’s Songkran safe driving campaign yesterday. 

 

The figures were disclosed by Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit, in his capacity as vice president of the National Road Accident Prevention and Reduction Committee.

 

He said 34.62% of the accidents were caused by drunk driving and 26.92% by speeding, with motorcycles accounting for 78.47% of the accidents. 65.38% occurred on straight roads, with 42.31% of the incidents occurring on national highwaysand 35.04% on secondary roads.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/46-die-in-accidents-on-first-day-of-songkrans-safe-driving-campaign/

 

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2 minutes ago, silverhawk_usa said:

According to the World Health Organization, Thailand averages 66 road deaths EVERY day. 

 

Well, the day is not over yet...

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24 minutes ago, sunnyboy2018 said:

Was water throwing involved?

As far as I am aware, 'water fighting' hasn't started yet.

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