Road Safety Thailand from the Thai Ministry of the Interior today, April 18th, reported a total of 188 road accidents with 31 deaths and 171 injuries on the last day of the “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran holiday period, on April 17th.
According to the reports, the most common causes of road accidents were over-speeding with 40.96 percent of total accidents, followed by drunk driving with 21.81 percent, and sudden cut-off with 17.02 percent.
The majority, or 82.11 percent, of accidents significantly involved motorcycles, followed by trucks with 7.37 percent and cars with 4.74 percent. Most of the accidents occurred on straight routes, accounting for 85.64 percent of total accidents. About 47.34 percent of them were recorded on national highways while 27.66 percent were in community villages.
The most frequent time of accidents occurred between 17.01 – 18.00 hrs., accounting for 11.17 percent. The age of injuries and fatalities were mostly between 20 and 29 years old and 50 and 59 years old, accounting for 17.33 percent of all accidents reported yesterday.
The province with the highest number of accidents was Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, and Phetchaburi with 8 accidents each. The highest number of injuries was reported in Phetchaburi with 9 cases. The provinces with the highest fatalities were Bangkok, Kampangpetch, Ayutthaya, Ratchaburi, Roi Et, Lampang, Songkhla, and Suphanburi with 2 deaths each.
Throughout the “seven dangerous days” campaign, a total of 1,917 accidents with 1,869 injuries and 278 deaths were recorded. The most accidents were reported in Chiang Rai at 66 cases. The highest injuries were also recorded in Chiang Mai with 63 cases while the highest fatalities were reported in Bangkok with 13 deaths.
The most common causes were over-speeding with 36.67 percent of total accidents, followed by drunk driving with 27.23 percent, and sudden cut-off with 17.63 percent. About 82.01 percent of the accidents involved motorcycles, followed by trucks with 7.05 percent and cars with 2.96 percent.
Boontham Lertsukekasem, Secretary-General of the Road Safety Thailand, revealed that the number of road accidents and injuries had decreased from last year. However, the number of deaths had increased which were mostly caused by over-speeding.
The major cause of accidents was still drunk driving. Wittawan Soonthornkachit of the Department of Probation said that throughout the seven-day campaign, the court had ordered probation against a total of 7,925 cases. Of that, 7,141 cases were caused by drunk driving.
The court had ordered Electronic Monitoring (EM) bracelets attachments to 13 alleged drunk drivers in Ubon Ratchathani and Sukhothai. They were prohibited from going out of their residences from 07:00 PM. to 05:00 AM. for seven days. Compared to the statistics of drunk driving cases in Songkran 2021, the numbers have increased by 1,080 cases, from 6,061 cases in 2021 to 7,141 cases in 2022.
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