Songkran Death Toll Highest in a Decade
The number of people killed in road accidents during the long holiday soared to its highest level
From April 11 to 17, a period colloquially known as the “seven dangerous days,” there were 3,447 road accidents, and for every person killed, more than eight were injured, according to the Road Safety Directing Center.
Songkran festival holidays from April 11-17 have claimed the lives of 442 revellers and left 3,656 injured.
According to Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda at the press conference held by the Department of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation today, a total of 442 people died and 3,656 others injured in nationwide road accidents during the past seven days of Songkran celebrations from April 11-17.
The death toll this year is higher than last year in numbers of fatalities (78), of the injured (97) and of accidents (74).
He said only on April 17 alone, there were 343 road accidents in which 45 people were killed and 385 others injured.
During the seven-day period, Chiang Mai came top with altogether 168 road accidents and 175 injured while Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima topped the list with the highest fatality rate, 19 killed each.
Drink driving accounted for most accidents, followed by speeding.
Motorcycles were blamed for most of the accidents followed by pickup trucks.
Keeping score of those killed on the road during the Thai New Year holiday has become a fixture of media reports in recent years, with flashy infographics and accounts published daily. However even during non-festival periods, Thailand’s roads are considered some of the most dangerous in the world.
In 2015, from April 9 to 15, 364 people died and 3,559 were injured.