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General Prawit admits 20,000 Thais die on roads annually - motorcycle death worst in world

 

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Thailand's deputy prime minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan admitted to a seminar on road safety that the annual death toll in the kingdom was in excess of 20,000 people. 

 

He said that the stats were particularly bad for motorcyclists with a death rate that was the worst in the world at 24.3 per 100,000 of the population. 

 

The carnage on the Thai roads causes losses to the Thai economy of 50 billion baht a year, he noted.

 

Many of the victims are children and child support groups have called for education in schools from primary level up about the hazards on the roads.

 

Gen Prawit was speaking at the "Thailand Road Safety" seminar at BITEC Bang Na as Thai authorities and foreign groups gathered to discuss the issue. 

 

It was conducted under a banner explained in English as "Play Your Part and Share the Road".

 

The general said that worldwide deaths from motorcycles, pedestrians and cyclists made up 49% of all fatalities on average. 

 

But in Thailand it was almost twice as bad, he said as quoted by Daily News. He said the government had been enacting measures to deal with this since 2011 and these would continue through to 2030. 

 

What these measures were exactly was not specified. 

 

The general mentioned 6,000 "new" cases of people being handicapped. 

 

Dr Thanapong Winawong of a road safety group said that in the six years from 2011 to 2017 46,656 deaths were attributed to motorcycles with 5,375 pedestrians and 659 cyclists perishing. 

 

Thaivisa notes that these figures appear to be very conservative given that most observers including international agencies put the annual death toll at around 25,000 people with motorcyclists making up 70% of the total. 

 

Gen Prawit's claim of 20,000 deaths annually could almost account for motorcyclists and their passengers though this was not clear from the Daily News report. 

 

Child protection groups stated that in 2017 2,609 children aged 15-19 died on the roads up 30% from five years before. And 727 10 - 14 year olds also died.

 

They want this damning statistic to form a focus of government and social development policy. They are calling for safety awareness programs in schools nationwide from the primary level up. 

 

Thaivisa notes that in a long article police enforcement was not mentioned once. 

 

A policeman was one of the participants on the stage for a photo shoot. 

 

Source: Daily News

 

 

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the theory these days are good enough,
and its mostly the case where car drivers think they have the right of way
cutting motorcyclists that causes lethal accidents,
i think a practical test on not just the dlt driving range, but on the roads,
should be made obligatory for car driving license,
i wouldnt enforce anyone to ride with a fresh motorcyclist

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6 minutes ago, JAG said:

It has been said before, but let's say it again. The death toll on the roads, (along with so many other things which blight the lives of so many in this country) does not impact upon the lives of the wealthy and influential "elite" which the government and perhaps more importantly and effectively various agencies of state are subverted to serve. It is not their children or parents/breadwinners who are dying; if they are involved in an accident their wealth and influence mean that almost invariably they walk away, maybe a bit lighter in the wallet but basically untouched. They are untouchable. It is only when such matters produce sustained adverse comment, especially internationally, that anything appears to be done and as this performance demonstrates, appearances and actions are two different things.

Whoa I think you mis interpreted my post. I was referring to news publishing obvious information that we already know about. Cheers

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34 minutes ago, Lungstib said:

3 years of Thai road deaths totals more then the number of US servicemen killed in 10 years of war in Vietnam. It was the high death total that eventually led to their withdrawal but no sign yet that Thai authorities are embarrassed by their high numbers.  No shame or sense of responsibility.

During the period from 1966 (50,894) to 1973 (54,052), the number of annual traffic deaths almost exceeded the total number of dead service members the US lost in the Vietnam war (57,939). It's never been below 40,000 since.

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