Songkran 2023 Kicks of With 27 Killed in 287 Road Accidents in Thailand
On Tuesday, the beginning of the “seven deadly days” of the Songkran holiday, 27 people were killed and 287 were injured in 278 traffic accidents. The traffic Safety Centre and affiliated agencies reported national traffic accidents on Tuesday.
Mr. Chotnarin Kerdsom, the interior deputy permanent secretary, stated on Wednesday that there were 278 road incidents on the first day of the road safety campaign, resulting in 27 deaths and 287 injuries.
The most common cause of accidents was speeding (35%), followed by passing other vehicles (25%).
Motorcycles were involved in the majority of accidents (79%), while the majority of crashes happened on main roads (87%), followed by highways (48%).
Thailand’s Pathum Thani, Phetchabun, and Loei provinces had the most road fatalities, each with two. Phatthalung province had the most accidents (14), as well as the most injuries (18).
According to Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Boontham Lertsukheekasem, many people were leaving Bangkok to celebrate Songkran in their home areas, causing traffic congestion. He asked drivers to drive carefully and follow all traffic laws.
The Highways Department of Thailand has opened 27 camp sites near tourist attractions in 13 provinces for the public to pitch their tents for the Songkran holiday. The sites are open to the public for free until the end of the Songkran Holiday and provide space for car parking and tents.
There are authorities at each point to help guests, and each place has toilets and facilities.
Those interested in using the facilities can contact officials at the locations or phone the department’s 1586 hotline at any time. The department can also provide information on the camp sites.
Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai, Phitsanuloke, Phetchabun, Tak, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Bueng Kan, and Loei have camp sites.
Songkran Scam Warning
The Bangkok Post reported that after approximately 5,300 fraud cases were recorded last week, the Royal Thai Police is urging the public to be on the lookout for internet scammers during Songkran 2023. The majority of complaints concerned internet shopping and bank transfer schemes.
On Tuesday, Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang, special adviser to the Royal Thai Police stated that the victims’ claimed damages totaled 312.5 million baht.
Of the 5,269 incidents reported, 2,600 were online-shopping scams with losses totaling 34 million baht, and 719 were job posting scams with losses totaling 61.1 million baht.
Another 539 cases were loan scams that cost 22.7 million baht, 286 cases involved internet investment scams that cost 72.7 million baht, and 276 cases involved call-center scams that cost 47.9 million baht.
According to Pol Lt Gen Sompong, there has been an increase in the amount of online shopping scams in which products associated to the Songkran Festival, such as flowered-pattern shirts and water weapons, are advertised for sale but victims do not receive the items after making a payment.
Ponzi schemes are another type of frequent crime. Scammers frequently construct phoney social media accounts using famous people’s profile images to build credibility and entice victims to invest their money with great rewards.
“The Royal Thai Police would like to warn against investing with unverified parties and purchasing products from unverified sellers,” he added.