Thai govt warns drivers to keep a brake on street mishaps during ‘Seven Deadly Days’ of Songkran Festival

The Thai government has issued a warning to drivers who are travelling in the course of the Songkran Festival, urging them to watch out on the road. This warning comes after the Thailand Road Accidents Data Centre for Road Safety Culture (ThaiRSC) reported 74 fatalities and 2,322 accidents on the primary day of the “Seven Deadly Days” of the Songkran Festival. As of at present, on day two, there have been 37 deadly accidents up to now and 1,771 injuries reported.
Chotnarin Kerdsom, the Interior Deputy Permanent Secretary, acknowledged that speeding was the first reason for “Seven Deadly Days” accidents (35%), followed by cutting in entrance of other autos (25%). Most accidents involved bikes (79%), and the majority of crashes occurred on main roads (87%), followed by highways (48%).
The provinces of Pathum Thani, Phetchabun, and Loei had the most “Seven Deadly Days” road deaths, with two every. Phatthalung had probably the most accidents, with 14 reported, and the very best variety of injuries, with 18 reported.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Chief, Boontham Lertsukheekasem, noted that many people had been leaving Bangkok to celebrate Songkran of their residence provinces, inflicting heavy traffic build-ups. He urged motorists to strictly abide by traffic rules.
ThaiRSC reported that there have been 939,713 highway accidents in Thailand final yr, indicating a four.7% increase from the previous 12 months. The information, launched final Friday, revealed that 14,737 lives were misplaced, and 924,799 folks have been injured in these accidents, with 536 fatalities and 7,885 injuries amongst foreigners, reported The Nation.
On the QT reported that the common price per accident was round 200,000 baht, with most accidents occurring in the course of the morning rush hour, particularly between 10am and 11am. More than half of these accidents, or fifty five.9%, involved motorbikes.
Moreover, through the annual “Seven Deadly Day” (December 29 to January 4) when folks travelled to their hometowns to rejoice the new yr, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department’s Road Safety Centre recorded 2,440 road accidents. These accidents resulted in 2,437 injuries and 317 deaths, with Surat Thani having the best variety of accidents at seventy nine and Kanchanaburi having the very best number of accidents at 81. Chiang Rai recorded the best variety of deaths at 15..

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