CHIANG RAI – On the fourth day of “Songkran’s 7 Dangerous Days” the Centre for the Protection and Reduction of Road Accidents during Songkran festival has reported that the death toll has risen to 2,449 accidents, 248 Killed and 2,557 Injured.
Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, deputy permanent secretary of public health in his capacity as the chairman of the centre, said on Sunday that drink driving accounted for almost 50 percent of the road accidents, followed by speeding at 26 percent.
The Northern Province of Chiang Mai ranks top with the highest number of road accidents at 99 and the highest number of injured at 109 while Nakhon Ratchasima ranks top with the highest death toll at 17.
There are eight provinces which do not have a single death toll from road accidents. They are Yala, Ranong, Lop Buri, Satun, Samut Songkram, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu and Ang Thong.
Most of the accidents involving motorcycles were caused by speeding and drink driving, he said, adding that he had instructed officials concerned to tighten up measures against drink driving and riding without crash helmets.
Interior deputy permanent secretary Mr Supachai Iamsuwan said several Songkran revelers have started to return to Bangkok today with many more expected to return tomorrow.