Songkran Festival traffic death toll climbs to 188 in 3 days


Death toll from traffic accidents increased to 188 with 1,943 injuries on the third day of the “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran festivities.

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A total of 188 people lost their lives and 1,934 were injured on the third day of the “seven dangerous days”of the Songkran Festival beginning April 11-17.

Drunk driving is still the number one cause of most traffic accidents (47.56%), followed by speeding (27.44%). Accidents involving motorcycles remained as the highest fatal accidents with 78.66%, said Pol Maj Gen Ekarak Limsangkart, Road Safety Centre Spokesperson.

Ekarat said that traffic accidents mostly happened between 4pm – 8pm and most fatalities were of ages 30-39 (29.02%).

He also said that a total 172,294 traffic offenders were arrested, 50,197 of which for not wearing helmets, and  45,485 for driving with no licences, Thai PBS English reported.

The provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram and Petchabun had each 8 cases of deaths.

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