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    First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

    First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident
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    April 12, 2018 | (By Thai PBS

    Thirty nine people were killed and 461 injured on the first of the “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran traditional New Year holiday travel on the country’s roads, officials said on Thursday (Apr 12).
    According to the National Road Safety Center, the first day of the “seven dangerous days” from April 11-17, has now claimed 39 lives and 461 injuries in a total of 447 traffic accidents in a single day.
    Drink driving remained the cause of most accidents or 40.49%, followed by speeding 26.62%.


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    Re: First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

    3,339 people nabbed for alleged drink driving on first day of Songkran festival
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    | April 12, 2018 | By Thai PBS

    A total of 3,339 motorcyclists and drivers of public transport and private cars were arrested by authorities for drink driving in a way which may cause road accidents on the first day of the long Songkran festival on Wednesday (Apr 11).

    According to Colonel Sirichan Ngathong, deputy spokesperson of the National Council for Peace and Order, the alleged offenders include 1,457 motorcyclists and 1,259 drivers of private cars and public transport. 105 motorcycles and 41 cars were seized and 356 driving licenses of the cyclists as well as 82 driving licenses of the motorists were also seized.

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    Re: First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

    Songkran traffic death toll jumps to 99, and 1,085 injured
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    | April 13, 2018 | By Thai PBS

    In just two days of the “7-day dangerous period” from April 11-17, a total of 99 people have been killed in traffic accidents, and 1,085 others injured.

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    Re: First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

    248 people killed and 2,557 injured in road accidents during April 11-14 Songkran celebrations
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    | April 15, 2018 | By Thai PBS

    The death toll from 2,449 road accidents in the past four days during April 11-14 rose to 248 and 2,557 injured, with 57 deaths and 626 injured in 603 accidents on April 14 alone, according to the statistics of the Centre for the Protection and Reduction of Road Accidents during Songkran festival.

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    Re: First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

    that is so sad

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    Re: First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

    Songkran has deteriorated from a lovely and peaceful festival and celebration to a drunken rampage. What started out as a simple blessing of sprinkled water has become an excuse for drunken louts to assault passers by with (often filthy) water. It may be different in rural areas, but in the tourist areas it has certainly ceased to be a "fun time".

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    Re: First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

    Over 200,000 drunk drivers arrested and charged
    in General | April 17, 2018 | (279 views) | By Thai PBS

    The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) said on Tuesday (Apr 17) that military officers manning all road checkpoints have arrested more than 200,000 drivers for drunk driving during the past six days of the Songkran festival.

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    Re: First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

    Songkran road death toll in 6 days rises to 378 deaths, 3,575 injuries
    in Breaking News, General, Highlight | April 17, 2018 | By Thai PBS

    Road accidents during the past six days of the long Songkran holidays from April 11-16 have claimed the lives of 378 people, and injured 3,575 others.

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    Re: First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

    Songkran’s Seven Dangerous Days death toll up from last year
    in Editor's Choice, General | April 18, 2018 | By Thai PBS

    A total of 418 people were killed and 3,897 others injured in 3,724 road accidents during the seven dangerous day of Songkran period from April 11-17, according to the Road Safety Centre.

    Drunk driving was the main cause of fatal accidents or 40.28% while most accidents, or almost 80%, involved motorcycle.

    Nakhon Ratchasima is the province with highest death toll of 20 persons, followed by Phetchabun (13), Chon Buri and Sakon Nakhon (12 each).

    Chiang Mai came with the highest road accidents of 133 cases, followed by Nakhon Si Thammarat (120) and Phitsanulok (106).

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    Re: First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

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    Deadliest roads: Junta’s response to national disgrace is window dressing

    your say April 21, 2018 01:00

    The junta is moving four police commanders to Bangkok as punishment for presiding over areas that suffered the highest per capita road fatalities during the just-ended Songkran period.

    This move is highly unsatisfactory for a number of reasons. First, the problem has many aspects, not just cop negligence. Second, the punishment focuses on fatalities over just seven days out of 365. Third, it is unfair to those punished and thus is probably good just for short-term public relations.

    There are many reasons why Thailand has the deadliest roads in the world: roads are poorly designed, punishment is not strong enough to punish or deter, cops are open to bribes, etc. Focusing only on seven days’ casualties takes none of the above into account.

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