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Road Accidents in Thailand Kill 146 and Injure 1182 in 3 Days



Road Accidents in Thailand Kill 146

There have been 1,183 accidents in the first 3 days of the government of Thailand’s New Year 7 day road safety campaign, with 146 people killed and 1,182 injured. According to the Interior Ministry, the southern province of Surat Thani had the most accidents.

Chotenarin Kerdsom, deputy permanent secretary of the Interior Ministry, stated that the figures are valid from December 29 to December 31, 2022.

Surat Thani had the most road accidents during the period, with 42. According to him, the northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon had the highest number of injured people (46) and the northernmost province of Chiang Rai had the highest provincial death toll (10).

There were 466 traffic accidents on December 31 alone, injuring 467 people and killing 59.

The figures were lower than the previous New Year’s period. Last year, there were 1,339 accidents, 151 fatalities, and 1,320 injuries during the first three days of the New Year road safety campaign.

This year, speeding was the leading cause of New Year’s traffic accidents (36.70%), with drink driving coming in second (30.04%). 82.56% of the accidents involved motorcycles. The percentages remained roughly the same as last year.

Thailand Suffering from a Drunk Driving Epidemic

Stiffer penalties for drunk driving

Motorists are reminded that the amended Land Traffic Act, which is now in effect, imposes harsher penalties for drunk driving.

According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek, an offender convicted of drunk driving faces a maximum one-year prison sentence and/or a fine of between 5,000 and 20,000 baht for the first offense under the amended traffic law.

A repeat offender faces up to two years in prison and/or a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 baht for a second offense within two years. She stated that the court could impose both imprisonment and a fine for the offense, as well as suspend or revoke the driver’s license for a year.

If a person is injured or killed as a result of a drunk driver’s actions, the offender faces up to ten years in prison and/or a 200,000 baht fine, as well as having their driver’s license revoked.

A person who has a blood-alcohol content greater than 50mg/100ml, or 20mg/100ml for a driver under the age of 20 or on a temporary driver’s license, is considered intoxicated and is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle, according to the law.

Speeding and drunk driving are the two leading causes of New Year’s Eve traffic accidents.

Rachada then advised motorists and motorcyclists to drive cautiously, obey traffic laws, and be aware of other drivers during the New Year’s holiday.

Songkran drunk driving

Thailand ranks first in the world for road accidents.

Thailand ranks among the top ten countries in the world in terms of the number of road accidents. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Thailand ranks ninth in the world for the highest number of road fatalities, while Thailand’s roads rank first in Southeast Asia.

Between 2021 and 2022, the Accident Information Center for Culture and Road Safety collected road accident data in order to analyze the main causes of accidents.

During this time period, there were 13,488 deaths from road accidents, which were caused by three major factors: 1.) a collision, 2.) human behavior such as speeding or overtaking, and 3.) equipment failure such as brake failure.

More road accidents occur in Thailand as a result of the sheer number of motorcycles on the road, particularly in urban areas.

Data collected on 1,000 kilometers of Thai roads by the ‘Social Mobilization for Motorcycle Safety’ project revealed that three out of four roads pose a risk to motorcyclists due to factors such as deterioration, potholes, or the road’s design being unsuitable for motorcycles when compared to cars.

Roadside structures like poles and trees can also exacerbate risks for motorcycles that lose control on the road, and the law sometimes appears to work against safety.

Because motorcycles and trucks are required to drive in the leftmost lanes, motorcycles sliding under trucks are a common accident in Thailand.

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