BANGKOK – Thailand’s government’s Road Safety Operation Center reported there were 3,068 traffic accidents in which 348 people were killed during six days of the dangerous Songkran travel week (April 11-17).
Apart from the death toll, the accidents also injured 3,176 people. No one was killed in traffic accidents in the five provinces of Trang, Phangnga, Mae Hong Son, Sukhothai and Ang Thong.
Chiang Mai posted the highest number of traffic accidents with 119 incidents while the highest death toll, 15, was reported each in Nakhon Ratchasima and Udon Thani provinces.
Chayapol Thitisak, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and secretary to the Road Safety Operation Center, said the center would gather road safety problems and recommendations from all parties and work out road safety solutions and measures for the cabinet to implement during normal time and festivals.
The government has set up about 2,000 checkpoints and deployed more than 65,000 officials and volunteers on roads across the country in an attempt to curb traffic violations and reduce the number of accidents during the festivities.
Department of Probation chief Prasarn Mahaleetrakul told reporters on Wednesday that strict enforcement of traffic laws would continue until the end of the campaign.
The number of traffic accidents, deaths and injuries dropped this year compared with the Songkran period a year ago.