BANGKOK – According to statistics from the World Health Organization and The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in the United States, Thailand is ranked second in terms of traffic fatalities with 44 deaths per a population of 100,000 per year.
According to the global statistics, the average number of people died in road accidents is 18 per a population of 100,000 per year.
Analysts at Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health said the high number of fatalities not only resulted from motorists’ carelessness alone. Accident-prone road conditions were also to blame for the tragedy. The Ministry of Public Health revealed that nearly 500 accidents occurred at U-turns over the past year.
However, Maitree Inthusut, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Interior, said that drunk driving was still the top cause of auto accidents during the holidays in Thailand.
Danger-prone road conditions and recklessness of motorists have made Thailand become one of the three countries with the highest numbers of traffic fatalities in the world.