Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Week of celebration or week of mourning

The six day period of the Songkran holidays reported 282 deaths and 3,059 injuries caused by road accidents.

Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani provinces had the highest road accidents with ten casualties each. Drunk driving remains the leading cause of death.

A total of 282 people were killed and 3,059 others injured in 2,872 road accidents during the six day period of the 'seven dangerous days' of the Songkran holiday, the Road Safety Directing Center reported. There were 447 accidents on April 15 alone, claiming 43 lives, and causing 463 injuries.

Drunk driving remains the leading cause of road accidents, accounting for 42.28 percent of the total. About 21.7 percent of road accidents was caused by speeding. Most accidents, approximately 83 percent, involved motorcycles. Accidents involving pick-up trucks account for about 12 percent.

The most deaths over the six-day period were reported in Nakhon Si Thammrat and Surat Thani provinces, at ten deaths each.

Chiang Rai had the most accidents, at 106. Nong Bua Lamphu was the only province without road accidents during the period, while there were twelve provinces without road fatalities.