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Thailand ranks the world’s third in highest road fatalities

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Thailand ranks the world’s third in highest road fatalities

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BANGKOK: -- Thailand now ranks third in the list of countries having highest road traffic deaths worldwide with 38.1 road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year in 2010.

Deputy permanent secretary of the Interior Ministry M.L. Panada Disakul revealed the high traffic-related rate of the country at the seminar of the 11th Road Safety Seminar today.

He said that the Thai government had announced a 10-year national policy on road safety from 2011-2020 in its attempt to reduce road accidents and loss to the least during the period.

However, he said, though the policy had been announced and measures had been implemented to reduce traffic-related accidents, road fatalities in the country remained high with a total of 26,000 road fatalities in 2010.

World Health Organization released a list of countries by traffic-related death rate conducted in 2010 showing Thailand become the world’s third country with highest fatalities of 38.1 per capita per year and per vehicle-km.

The highest rate in road fatalities is Eritrea at 48.4, and Libya 40.5.

M.L. Panada said road fatalities remained high despite of the road safety campaign because enforcement of road safety laws on risk factors such as wearing crash helmets, drunk driving, speeding was not tough enough.

According to Australian road safety expert, the best way to reduce road fatalities and loss should be done through encouraging the people to be aware of traffic rules, stringent enforcement of traffic laws.

He added that the coming New Year would see authorities enforcing stricter traffic laws on violators in the attempt to reduce road facilities, particularly wearing crash helmets while riding motorcycles, drunk driving and speeding.

According to WHO, road traffic injuries caused an estimated 1.24 million deaths worldwide in the year 2010, down from 1.26 in 2000. Half of the road traffic deaths are among pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, and adults aged between 15 and 44 years account for 59% of deaths. 3 out of 4 road deaths are among men. The average rate was 18% per 100,000 people (down from 20.8 in 2000). 92% occurred in low and middle income countries, with Southeast Asia and Africa having the highest rates.

Thailand has the rate of 38.1 road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year, and 118.8 road fatalities per 100,000 motor vehicles.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/thailand-ranks-worlds-third-highest-road-fatalities/

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-- Thai PBS 2013-12-12

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Give it up... There are problems on both sides of this equation. Crap drivers with no desire to change and crap police with no desire to stop extorting money.

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I,ve been driving around the country for the last 5 weeks and its madness out there, someone just causally pulls out in front ,which causes the person behind to move over , more than likely coming up behind, are fast moving cars, which dont break as its probably too late anyway and with cars tailgating at high speed, with buses,bikes swerving i just try and putt along about 80 but as i,m looking out only came close twice to rear ending said swervers, the c@#ts. yesterday on a short drive of 57 k,s there and back I saw three rear enders, and one car in a ditch. Best to stick to driving slowly.

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1. No license necessary for anyone riding scooters. Even elementary students can ride them

2. No traffic violation enforcement. Poor police enforcement = bad driving habits.

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Well any reasonable, non-thaier-than-thai farang has known that roads here are dangerous as 'heck'.

Seems the shiny, modern facade that Thailand has always wanted to show the world is really in need of a new coat of paint.

Just as undeveloped as any across many categories of living.

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Driving in Thailand is DEFINETLY not a pleasure that's for sure.

Hopefully in years to come it will improve......

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Years ago I asked 5 policemen on different occasions what the maximum speed limit on Thai highways is. None of them knew it. Nor did the staff of Avis know...

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Given Darwin's theory of evolution I recon within a few years Thailand will be void of humans, probably the UN will put it out of bounds suspecting there is something in the water that makes humans want to self destruct.

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Driving in Thailand is DEFINETLY not a pleasure that's for sure.

Hopefully in years to come it will improve......

That's what I hope too. Sadly, in the last 10 years there have been a worsening of the situation :o

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Driving in Thailand is DEFINETLY not a pleasure that's for sure.

Hopefully in years to come it will improve......

It must be more thrilling than a bungy from a low bridge over a crock infested river...

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1.Let's start first by not allowing motorcycles to block the pedestrian crossing while waiting for traffic light.Wait,is there even a pedestrian crossing in thailand?

2.Learn thais to use turning signal while actually turning

3.Drink & drive - let drivers actually pay the penalty and consequences instead of taking that 200 baht bribe

4.12 year old on 125cc bike.Well it must be legal in thai

It's really not that hard to see motorcycle taxi people opening bottle of whiskey,especially in pattaya(although most of pattaya dark side has different laws than most of thailand).Let them pay penalty,hit them in the pocket where it hurts

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Crap drivers sure, but also the garlands and other religious hangers on the mirror, they cause that on the left side there is a huge dead corner where you cant see anything passing nor crossing.

This things should be banned for every ones safety.

Why else a car manufacturer would build a car with a big large front shield ????? Never comes into my car .

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99% of these deaths must be from motorbike accidents. And with all the risks most of the yahoos I see on the streets every day driving and doing my best to accommodate/avoid their ridiculous driving, it is more Darwin's natural selection than anything else.

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