THAILAND – Forty-three people were killed and 299 injured in 238 accidents on Thursday, the last of the “seven dangerous days” (April 11-17) of the Songkran festival, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Friday.
The greatest number of the accidents on Thursday were caused by speeding (25.21%), followed by drunk driving (21.43%). The majority (80.40%) of the accidents involved motorcycles.
Thursday’s figures brought the number of people killed in the seven-day period, April 11-17, to 322, down 0.31% from the same period last year, and 3,225 injured (up 6.09%) in 2,992 accidents (up 5.8%).
The seven-day figures showed Nakhon Ratchasima had the largest number of fatalities (14). Chiang Mai province saw the highest accumulated number of accidents at 116 and the highest accumulated number of injuries at 144.
Overall, drunk drinking was given as the biggest cause of accidents (36.76%), followed by speeding (24.47%).
There were five provinces with a zero death toll – Chai Nat, Phetchaburi, Ang Thong, Phangnga and Yala.
The department on Friday revised the death toll for the first day, April 11, raising it from 39 to 41, making the total toll for the first six days 279, not 277 as earlier stated.
The Minister of Interior Charupong Ruangsuwan is satisfied with the overall performance that helped prevent and reduce the number of road accidents during the Songkran celebrations nationwide.
Mr. Charupong said he pleased with the overall performance and cooperation from all sectors for not only enforcing safety measures and laws, but also raising road safety knowledge and awareness among motorists, which is very important.
It is a major task to reduce road fatalities to be less than 10 people per 100,000 capita, which is in line with Decade of Road Safety (2011-2020).