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Opening day for Songkran road carnage sees 46 killed

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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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29 minutes ago, silverhawk_usa said:

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

 

It has been observed by myself and many others on TVF that it is not unusual for the daily death tally to be lower than the usual daily average during these so called 7 dangerous days.

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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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1 hour ago, webfact said:

National Road Accident Prevention and Reduction Committee.

 

Put good old BJ in charge, and he'll arrest all foreign traffic offenders. 

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51 minutes ago, Moonlover said:

It has been observed by myself and many others on TVF that it is not unusual for the daily death tally to be lower than the usual daily average during these so called 7 dangerous days.

The accident and death stats released daily during Songkran are far removed from reality.

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"Only" 46 , good start. 

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2 minutes ago, edwinchester said:
55 minutes ago, Moonlover said:

It has been observed by myself and many others on TVF that it is not unusual for the daily death tally to be lower than the usual daily average during these so called 7 dangerous days.

2 minutes ago, edwinchester said:

The accident and death stats released daily during Songkran are far removed from reality.

How do you know that?

 

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1 hour ago, Moonlover said:

How do you know that?

 

Having been in a province several times in my 18 years here with a reported zero deaths and knowing for a fact that roads deaths have occurred.

Having several Police friends who say the official stats are nowhere near give a true figure because of under reporting.

I could go on but the most telling indicator is the authorities themselves calling Songkran 'The Seven Deadly Days'.

 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

and warned that drunk drivers involved in a fatal crash would certainly be jailed.

Presumably that means if the drunk driver manages to survive?

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2 hours ago, silverhawk_usa said:

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

 

That means then that with only 46 killed on the first day, claimed to be mainly due to alcohol, the conclusion can only be that driving whilst intoxicated has actually saved 20 lives compared to a normal day.  Only in Thailand does the impossible become possible.

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2 minutes ago, ratcatcher said:

Presumably that means if the drunk driver manages to survive?

 

Somehow they normally do, it's innocent people that seem to pay the price !!

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