Thailand reports 30 deaths in total of 357 road accidents on the second day of Songkran holiday period

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Thailand reported a total of 30 deaths, 374 injuries, and 357 road accidents on the second day of “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran holiday period, with its record on April 11th.

Unsit Sampuntharat, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior, held a press conference for the second day this morning, April 12th, to announce daily records of road accidents during the Songkran festival.

A total of 348 accidents, 25 deaths, and 350 injuries were recorded on Sunday alone. The most common causes of road accidents were overspeeding, accountable for 34.45 percent of total accidents, followed by drunk driving with 24.37 percent.

The majority of 87.12 percent of accidents significantly involved motorcycles. Most of the accidents occurred on straight routes, accountable for 58.26 percent of total accidents. About 39.94 percent of them were on highways while 41.18 percent were in community villages. The most frequent time of accidents occurred between 16.01 – 20.00 hrs., accountable for 26.89 percent.

The province with the highest number of accidents is Roi Et with 16 accidents. Nakhon Sri Thammarat was ranked with the highest number of injuries with 20 cases while the provinces with the highest fatalities are Trang and Samut Prakan with 3 deaths in each province.

Accumulatively, a total of 56 deaths, 729 injuries, and 705 accidents during the first two days of the campaign “Happy Songkran, Safe driving, Stay safe from Covid-19”. The most accidents were reported in Nakhon Sri Thammarat at 27 times. The highest injuries were recorded in Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Surat Thani with 31 injuries each while the highest fatalities were in Bangkok and Samut Prakan with 4 deaths each.

TPN media noted that the overall number of road fatalities so far is lower than the average number recorded in the past years, significantly due to the recent rapid outbreak of Covid-19 Coronavirus in Thailand, particularly in Bangkok.

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