Thai road carnage: A MILLION injuries and
24,000 deaths per year, official admits
The head of Thailand's anti drink driving foundation has pulled no punches in comments about the appalling state of the nation's roads.
Dr Thaejing Siripanich told that it was common knowledge that at least 24,000 people died each year in road accidents.
Dr Thaejing said that the situation led to untold misery for the population with people robbed of life and a proper existence due to the carnage.
Not surprisingly he laid the blame for much of the death and injury at the door of drink driving.
Dr Thaejing was speaking ahead of a drink drive campaign that will be mounted in Bangkok on Friday to coincide with the annual Loy Krathong celebrations. Loy Krathong is the traditional candle-lit boat floating festival.
Dr Thaejing said that it was widely accepted that accidents increase at various festival times and he cited New Year, Chinese New Year, Songkran and Loy Krathong.
At the one day Loy Krathong festival last year there were 189 dead and 19,869 injured on the roads. In addition there were 48 water related deaths such as drownings.
Friday will see the anti drink driving foundation join forces with police, Bangkok authorities and the private sector in mounting a parade in the Ramkhamhaeng area of Bangkok.
It is entitled "Loy Krathong Anti Drink Driving Campaign".
The parade will start and finish at the Honda Safe Driving Center at Ramkhamhaeng Soi 127 and take in the National Stadium, Ramkhamhaeng University campus, Rama 9 Road and The Mall on its campaign journey.
Source: Daily News