Thailand’s Ministry of Interior reports 54 deaths in total from 388 road accidents on the third day of the Songkran period

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Thailand reported a total of 54 deaths, 373 injuries, and 388 road accidents on the third day of “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran holiday period, with its record on April 12th.

Unsit Sampuntharat, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Interior, announced daily records of road accidents during the Songkran festival for the third consecutive day this morning, April 13th.

A total of 388 accidents, 54 deaths, and 373 injuries were recorded solely on Monday. The most common causes of road accidents were overspeeding, accountable for 30.15 percent of total accidents, followed by drunk driving with 28.35 percent.

The majority of 87.63 percent of accidents significantly involved motorcycles. Most of the accidents occurred on straight routes, accountable for 58.25 percent of total accidents. About 36.08 percent of them were on highways while 33.51 percent were in community villages.

The most frequent time of accidents occurred between 16.01 – 20.00 hrs., accountable for 30.15 percent. The age of injuries and fatalities are mostly at 50 years old and older, accountable for 29.74 percent of all accidents reported yesterday.

The province with the highest number of accidents is Nakhon Sri Thammarat with 22 accidents. The province was also ranked with the highest number of injuries with 21 cases while the provinces with the highest fatalities are Sakhon Nakhon and Suphan Buri with 4 reported deaths in each province.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary further stated that a total of 1,896 main checkpoints were set up nationwide under the supervision of 59,079 officials since the first day of the campaign “Happy Songkran, Safe driving, Stay safe from Covid-19”.

About 343,703 vehicles were examined and a total of 65,929 were legally charged. Among the charges, 18,210 drivers were found guilty for not carrying a driver’s license and 16,553 were driving without wearing a helmet, according to the reports.

Accumulatively, a total of 110 deaths, 1,099 injuries, and 1,090 accidents were recorded during the first three days. The most accidents were reported in Nakhon Sri Thammarat at 49 times. The highest injuries were also recorded in Nakhon Sri Thammarat with 52 injuries while the highest fatalities were in Chonburi with 6 deaths.

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