Songkran fatalities total 418, higher than last year

ROAD fatalities during the 7 dangerous days of Songkran celebration (April 11- 17)  totaled 418 this year, higher than 390 recorded last year, INN News reported today (April 18).

Moreover 3,897 people were injured during these 7 days from altogether 3,724 accidents. This compares to 3,808 people being injured in a total of 3,690 accidents last year.

The biggest cause of accidents was drunk driving and it was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. when most accidents occurred. It was also observed that more accidents occurred on straight roads.

Deputy Interior Minister Suthee Makboon, who presided over a press briefing giving statistics compiled by the center for prevention and reduction of road accidents during Songkran Festival, said that northern Chiang Mai had the most accidents this year totaling 133, and also had the highest number of injuries at 142.

Northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima, or Korat, province had the most fatalities, totaling 20. Meanwhile 4 provinces did not have any fatalities at all, with these being Ranong in the south; Samut Songkhram in the central region; and Nong Khai and Nong Bua Lamphu in the northeast.

On the last day yesterday (April 17), there were 307 accidents that led to 26 fatalities and 336 injuries.


Top: Senior government officials briefing the press on this year’s Songkran road toll . Photo: Thai News Agency