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Day Seven of Songkrans Seven Dangerous Days, 364 Killed, 3,559 Injured



Children look at vehicle carnage from Songkran Accidents


CHIANG RAI – In conclusion of “Songkrans Seven Dangerous Days” drunk driving is the main cause of accident representing 39.31% of all cases, followed by speeding 24.35%. Motorcycle is the vehicle that engaged in most road accidents or 81.34%.

From April 9 to 15, 364 people died, and  3,559 injured in a total of 3,373 cases of road mishaps Nationwide.

Theerapong Rodprasert said land transport officials monitored driving of 32,359 public buses during the period from April 9-14 vehicles, and found  2,046 of them speeding.

Phitsanulok province reportedly had the highest number of road accidents, while the highest death toll belongs to Phetchabun province.

During the period officials also inspected the working condition of a total of  85,484 public buses.

They found  231 of them were not in good condition or not fully prepared for service. Officials have ordered operators to replace 32 buses immediately, he said.

Operators were also told to fix the problems of these buses which need minor repairs before they would be allowed to put in service, he said.

Besides, officials also found 176 drivers of these buses were not in the condition to drive safely and that operators were ordered to replace all these drivers immediately.

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