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Offline thaiga

7-7-7 Songkran
« on: April 06, 2017, 09:02:07 PM »
7-7-7 Songkran

Well it's SONGKRAN time again, you either love it or hate it, bit like marmite. I can hear the sound of distant drums already :-[

Would be really great if there was not so many accidents this year, can't see a slogan doing that. :spin

They keep coming up with slogans, but it's not stoping the accidents, imo you don't need any new laws but you need to enforce the already existing laws.

This year it's not 7 dangerous days it's 7-7-7 Songkran safety measure. The Ministry of Transport will be executing the 7-7-7 measure which calls for the improvement of roads and facilities in the 7 days before the festival, mobilizing officials on site for 24 hours to maintain safety during the 7 days of the festival, and to
ensure the general public travels back safely during 7 days after the festival.

Transport Ministry to propose 7-7-7 Songkran safety measure   NNT
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Offline sowhat

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 01:01:43 AM »
i'm sure the people will be sensible this songkran

Offline Baby Farts

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2017, 07:46:40 AM »
Is he doing a Nazi salute?

Offline thaiga

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - The exodus begins
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2017, 03:19:50 PM »
The exodus begins

The exodus begins, people are on the move already, early this year, probably worried that they wont get a seat as everyone must be seated and belted up. Unbelievable 35 million Thais will be on the move this week making it one of the biggest "migrations" in the world.

Remember it's an alcohol free Songkran festival, Don't take that the wrong way it doesn't mean the alcohol is free  ;D just can't drink :-[


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Offline thaiga

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - 12 Tips + the 5 nos During Songkran
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2017, 04:51:58 PM »
Chevrolet Shares Tips for Traveling Home Safely During Songkran

1.    Plan Ahead: Reading a set of directions, looking at a map or repeatedly adjusting a GPS device while driving can create a dangerous situation, so plan your route ahead of time. Using Apple CarPlay with Siri Eyes Free functionality can ensure that you stay connected without taking your eyes off the road.

2.    Time Your Trip: Avoid driving between midnight and 6:00 a.m., and between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Mental alertness tends to be reduced during those hours and crash researchers have noticed there is a disproportionate number of accidents – two to six times more – at those times.

3.    Inspect, Inspect, Inspect: Start your drive smartly with a complete inspection of your vehicle. Always have a 24-hour emergency number handy for any roadside assistance you may require.

4.    Buckle Up: Always putting your seatbelt on every time you get into a vehicle. The simple act of fastening a seatbelt is one of the most important things drivers and passengers can do to ensure their safety. The seatbelt is an effective safety tool that improves road safety and reduces casualties.

5.    Do Not Overload: Vehicle’s capability is reduced when overloaded, which can result in an accident. The braking distances for overloaded cars or vehicles will also increase and this also effects vehicle’s fuel consumption.

6.    Keep Your Distance: Give yourself sufficient time to react to traffic by adding some distance between you and the vehicle in front. Stay in your lane as much as possible. For further assistance, turn on your vehicle’s lane departure warning system.

7.    Avoid Distractions: Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, and refrain from using your mobile phone.

8.    Get Your Rest: Never drive when you feel tired. Fatigue can significantly reduce a driver’s ability to safely handle a car. Being awake for 17 hours can hamper driving ability the same way a blood alcohol level of 0.05 does. Instead, rest and take a break for at least 15 minutes every three hours.

9.    Rest Safely: Find a safe place to park. Never leave your kids alone in the car even if the windows are open. This will prevent your kids from suffering heat stroke especially on very hot days.

10.  Slow Down: Obey speed limits – the danger of causing an accident far outweighs any benefits of speeding.

11.  Don’t Drink and Drive: Driving becomes dangerous and potentially lethal under the influence of alcohol.

12.  Keep Calm and Drive On: Be the more courteous and safer driver. Losing your patience while driving can lead to dangerous situations.

full article + more about Chevrolet

Five Nos for Songkran revellers

The Five Nos are: no huge water guns; no alcoholic drinks; no powder; no over-exposure dress and no excessive use of water.

On top of that, there will be no entertainment activities during the festival. This means that loud music and dancing on the back of pickup trucks will be prohibited.

more on that at
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Offline thaiga

Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat),Gateway to Northeast, experienced high traffic scroll down

Songkran rush has begun, here is a SHOCKING clip to make you aware of the dangers of travelling in the back of a vehicle, sadly a lot of people won't make it home . A sad and waste less point of life, when will it end, year after year. When the roads are jam packed is a god send preventing some from getting to an early grave. But once there is open and clear road Zooooooooom making up for lost time. The man who took the video mentioned that the emergency vehicles couldn't get through. Because the traffic was blocking them in the hard shoulder, as the emergency lanes as usual were being used by traffic. Cause of the accident tire blowout

                                              WARNING THIS VIDEO IS VERY VERY GRAPHIC

#ข่าวด่วน..อุบัติเหตุเกิดขึ้นวันนี้....ยางแตกชนสยอง..!! #ขออภัย มีบางภาพไม่น่าดู

Songkran rush starts early on roads

HIGHWAYS leading to the North and Northeast became more congested than usual this weekend as many people working in Bangkok and nearby provinces made early journeys to their hometowns for the upcoming Songkran Festival.

Police and related agencies set up checkpoints to look for those violating traffic laws or Article 44-backed road safety regulations such as the requirement for public transport vans to have all passengers wearing seatbelts – punishable at up to Bt5,000 per head.

Public transport hubs saw throngs of travellers while buses and trains were packed. As part of the 4th “Police in Train” campaign, a 30-strong combined police team inspected all trains at Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong train station.

Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), dubbed the Gateway to Northeast, experienced higher traffic volume on roads. Some sections such as the uphill stretch in Tambon Klangdong of Pak Chong district and another section in Tambon Klong Phai of Sikhieo district became particularly congested. Police said they expected that traffic conditions would be worst on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Korat transport office, which had increased the number of bus trips to 400 a day, yesterday fined two public transport operators Bt5,000 each for allegedly taking advantage of passengers. The two separate complaints were filed by Thai users on Facebook; one over a bus operator’s unfair refusal to sell ticket to a short-journey passenger and the other over a bus ticket seller who almost doubled a passenger’s fare.

Korat also opened a road safety centre at Pak Chong and joined the Miracle of Life Foundation to promote an awareness campaign in the hope of reducing the number of Songkran road casualties. Last Songkran, there were 3,447 road accidents nationwide which claimed 442 lives. Most cases stemmed from drunk driving and speeding.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith launched a road safety campaign in Ayutthaya’s wang Noi district in a bid to reduce Songkran road fatalities to under 10 per 100,000 of population.

Ayutthaya police issued a regulation to ban pickup trucks loaded with water tanks, people and water guns on five roads around the city’s heritage site as safety precaution during Thursday and Friday. They included two sections of Highway 309, a section of Highway 3263, Klong Sa Bua and Hua Ro-Pa Niad roads.

With more vehicles on roads to the South |yesterday, officials warned motorists using the Ranong-Chumphon road of 17 bends and 29 |accident-prone spots in Ranong.

Meanwhile, Songkhla’s Hat Yai district was buzzing yesterday with foreign tourists and Thai workers who returned for visits on packed Singapore-Malaysia-Hat Yai buses ahead of the Hat Yai Midnight Songkran Festival from Tuesday to Thursday. The event was expected to generate over Bt200 million in Hat Yai where hotels were fully booked.

Songkhla police joined with the provincial transport office to set up 33 alcohol checkpoints during Songkran. As well as making strict checks to catch any law-breaking motorists, they will dispatch 31 mobile police teams, each equipped with breathalysers, to patrol secondary roads and party areas to punish drunk drivers.

The Nation
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Offline thaiga

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - Poll: Accidents major Songkran concern
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2017, 04:23:03 PM »
Poll: Accidents major Songkran concern

Most of the people living in Bangkok are concerned about road accidents if they are to travel to provinces for the Songkran festival, according to the result of an opinion survey conducted by Bangkok University, or Bangkok Poll.

The survey was conducted from March 31 to April 4 on 1,178 people aged 18 and over in 20 of 50 Bangkok districts -- Klong Toey, Chatuchak, Don Mueang, Din Daeng, Dusit, Thawi Watthana, Bang Khen, Bang Sue, Bang Na, Bang Rak, Pathumwan, Prawet, Phaya Thai, Phra Nakhon, Phasi Charoen, Min Buri, Ratchathewi, Rat Burana, Sai Mai and Lak Si.

On their planned spendings, 67.5%, said they would spend most on merit-making, followed by 52.4% on travel, 49.8% on food and parties, 20% on alcoholic drinks, and 10.4% on accommodations.

A majority of the respondents, 51.1%, said their spending would roughly be the same as last year, 26.5% said it would be less, and 22.4% said it would be higher than last year.

Asked what they were concerned about when travelling to the provinces for the festival, most of them, 47.4% said they worried about road accidents, 34.1% about traffic problems, 13.4% about drink-driving, 2.4% about a lack of public transport safety, and 2.7% about insufficient public transport.

Asked whether they thought the use of Section 44 of the 2014 interim charter would improve traffic discipline during Songkran would be effective, 77.8% said "yes" and the rest disagreed.
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Offline sowhat

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2017, 07:03:51 PM »
what a difference a day makes

Songkran 1975 Chiang Mai
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Offline thaiga

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - TAT launches Amazing Songkran 2017
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2017, 02:21:20 PM »
An article from NNT  reports The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched the Amazing Songkran 2017
about preserve local traditions and generate income from tourism wonder which one is most important  ;) All sounds very nice and the video is great. do they live in a dream world or do they dismiss the drunks, roads blocked, accidents, loud music, or do i live in a different world, here in the soi the party must have started already, we've had continuous music round the clock for the last 3 days, well you can't hear the music only the base from a distance. we all know why some can't sleep ;)

TAT organizes “Amazing Songkran 2017”

TAT launches Amazing Songkran 2017

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched the Amazing Songkran 2017 festival to preserve local traditions and generate income from tourism.

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragon has presided over the launching ceremony of Amazing Songkran 2017 held under cooperation between the TAT and the Royal Thai Police.

He said Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has praised the related agencies for organizing the festival which helps pass on the beautiful traditions, expressing the Thai identity to the world, which will in turn benefit the country's tourism scene and strengthen its economy.

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn has said the Amazing Songkran 2017 festival will encourage tourism activities that allows tourists to be immersed Thailand's traditional activities. The festival will feature lavish Songkran parades and cultural performances that connects with neighbouring countries' culture.

The TAT expects this festival to help raise the awareness on cultural tourism, and to help generate more income to the country.

Songkram activities will be held in several locations throughout the country. The TAT is also arranging activities in Chiang Mai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Chonburi, Samut Prakan, Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, and Phuket.

Songkran parades in Bangkok has continued to be recognized worldwide, from Thais themselves to international tourists.

The six parades took place along Sukhumvit Road from Bangkok Planetarium to Pathumwan Junction.

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Offline thaiga

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - Road rules to be strictly enforced
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2017, 02:47:15 PM »
Well they seem to be trying, and let's hope they get into peoples heads, driving without due care and attention kills, regardless of their tattoos or how many amulets jingling in the car to keep safe.

An article in The Nation reports State agencies and security forces to go all out in bid to cut Songkran fatalities, accidents. STRICTER TRAFFIC enforcement will be implemented over the Songkran break, that should be all year round not just for holiday periods, their ultimate goal is reducing the death toll to zero, that would be nice. As the New Year festival, saw a national death toll of 478 and some 3,919 accidents. more on that
The Nation

Common causes

In 2016, 3,373 road accidents happened during the seven dangerous days associated with the Songkran Festival.

What are the common causes of accidents?

-Drunk driving    34%

-Speeding    33%

-Sudden overtaking    18.5%

-Poor visibility    13.7%

-Falling asleep behind wheel    3%

-Ignoring traffic lights    0.5%

-Ignoring traffic signs    0.5%

-Driving against designated traffic direction     1%

-Overtaking via left lane    1%

-Using cellphone while driving     0.3 %

Source: Road Safety Directing Centre

Drive safely guys  :salute
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Offline thaiga

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2017, 03:37:20 PM »
They say an estimated 127.6 billion baht is expected to be spent during the Songkran festival.
Here's a clip from the 1960s

Songkran In Lampang, Thailand In The 1960s
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Offline thaiga

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - Well you can count me out – I hate it
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2017, 04:02:35 PM »
The following article was written by the editor of the Nation. These are all his own personal views but I’m sure many of them will be shared by others throughout the nation.

Need For Consideration Over Songkran So Everyone Can Enjoy It ?

It is virtually impossible to avoid Songkran, short of stocking up on supplies, locking your door and cranking up the tv.

There seems to be a mindset that it is some kind of joyous celebration for everybody and you must be some kind of misery if you dislike it.

Well you can count me out – I hate it.

Now I am not trying to dictate what you do. Splash away – all day and all night for all I care.

I shall be doing my level best to avoid you, but if I do have to go out, you know do a bit of shopping or take the dog for a walk, could I just ask for a bit of bloody consideration ?

If I am on a motorbike could I ask that you don’t throw a bucket of water in my face or hit me with a high powered water gun. (Which have been banned)

You see, it could cause me to die and render my children fatherless. I know it is inconvenient for you, especially when an easy prey foreigner comes along the street, but please give it a try.

I don’t mind a bit of powder and a few sprinkles. How about let me stop first rather than dash out on the skiddy wet road causing me to slide to an early death?

If you at least do that, I promise to smile, even if through gritted teeth.

If I am dressed up, perhaps have a phone in my hand (not on a motorbike) and obviously going somewhere important, would it be possible to let me pass. I know this might be culturally odd but again, sometimes people have things to do, even at Songkran.

It shouldn’t spoil your day too much – you might even make mine with your consideration.

And might even help restore some faith and belief that the festival still is a traditional celebration of everything that is good in Thai culture. Like good manners and thought for others.

You see, I don’t dislike Thai culture. In fact I love many aspects of it, just like you do. But wouldn’t we all agree that Songkran has gone a bit far on occasion?

Would you not accept that the timeless tenets of “grengjai” and consideration for others are just as important a part of Songkran as at other times of the year?

To drivers would it be asking too much when transporting people around in your pick-ups to stay sober for the good of your passengers? You see it is not just about you.

It’s also about the children in the back who have no say in the matter. We know Thais love kids so that shouldn’t be too tough an assignment, would it?

Some more of you might even get to celebrate and do it all again next year.

To police can I ask that you don’t let obviously drunk drivers back in their vehicles. You see, they are not just a danger to themselves – incredible as it may sound, innocent people can get caught up in the accidents they cause.

You may be spoiling their fun by making them and their passengers find another way home but isn’t that better than a trip to the morgue.

And do make guilty drivers visit the morgue like you did last year – just keep them there for a week rather than a few minutes to make sure they have got the message.

To parents please teach your children how to behave well at Songkran. If you are not sure about that, ask an older person, they might remember what it was once like in Thailand in April.

Amazingly parents, children tend to copy their folks so if you behave well who knows they might even follow suit in the future and you can be proud of what you did.

To especially young foreign visitors – try to learn a little about the traditions of Songkran. I understand that at times it looks like war and you want to pretend to be Rambo with a water gun but you really would cover yourself in more glory if you didn’t add fuel to the fire.

Some locals are bad enough as it is without you making it worse because you think you can do exactly as you like on holiday.

And to everybody, if people who clearly don’t want to play ball are sitting inside somewhere, please don’t bring Songkran off the street. Just stay out there in your own mayhem and leave us to our depressing little lives.

And when the fat lady has sung in Bangkok can you pack up on time and put the water guns away for another year ?

If you still haven’t had enough you could just go to Pattaya. They will welcome you and you can continue being a total idiot down there for another week.

Khop khun khrap (Thank you)

(Original Source:The Nation, Thailand)
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Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - 33 road deaths on first of 'seven dangerous days'
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2017, 04:17:22 PM »
33 road deaths on first of 'seven dangerous days'

Rescue workers release trapped victims from the wreckage after a trailer truck and a car crashed head-on in Ayutthaya's Nakhon Luang district on Wednesday morning. Two people were killed and a third seriously injured. (Photo by Sunthorn Pongpao)

Thirty-three people were killed and 420 injured in traffic accidents on April 11, the first of the seven-day campaign to reduce the road toll during the April 11-17 Songkran holiday, according to the civil affairs office of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

Speaking at the centre for the prevention and reduction of road accidents of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, Lt Gen Thanes Kalpruek said there were 409 road accidents reported nationwide on Tuesday.

These resulted in 33 people being killed and 420 injured.

On the first day of the campaign last year, also April 11, there were 387 accidents, 52 deaths and 431 injuries, according to official figures.

Drink-driving was responsible for the greatest number this year, 45.48%, followed by exceeding the speed limit,  24.94%.

As usual, most of the accidents, 77.80%, involved motorcycles.

He said 65.28% of the accidents occurred on straight roads, 36.67% on highways and 32.03% on rural roads, and 29.34% occurred from 4.01pm - 8pm.

About 46% of those killed and injured were of working age.

Chiang Mai recorded the highest number of accidents, at 18.  The provinces with highest death tolls, four each, were Ubon Ratchathani and Nakhon Ratchasima.

The biggest number of injuries, 17, occurred in Chiang Rai.

The government has set up 2,025 main checkpoints, manned by 63,299 officials, along major highways.  On April 11, 603,474 vehicles were checked.  A total of 93,564 were slapped with various traffic-related charges, including 27,081 for driving without a licence and 26,465 for not wearing crash helmets, Lt Gen Thanes said.

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Offline Baby Farts

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2017, 08:58:27 AM »
Business as usual.  I question whether the figures about cause being drunk driving are accurate.  I suspect it to be higher.  Then again, you never really know how accurate the breathalyzers are that the police use.

Offline thaiga

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - 82 lives day two
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2017, 01:56:46 PM »
Songkran road accidents claim 82 lives and 1,049 injuries in two days

 As Songkran holidaymakers continued to travel out of the capital to celebrate the week-long Thai New Year holiday by motor vehicles on roads today, the Road Safety Centre said a total of 82 people have died and 1,049 injured in the first two days of the 7-dangerous day campaign that began from April 11 to 17.

The centre said that only yesterday, April 12, 48 were killed and 630 injured in 586 road accidents nationwide.

Major cause of road accidents remain to be drunk driving or 42.32%, followed by speeding 30.38%.

Motorcycle continues to be the vehicle that engaged in most road accidents or 84.16%.

Most accidents occurred on straight sections of highways or 66.38%, while 36.18% on secondary roads in districts and villages.

It said most accidents or 31% happened during 16.01-20.00 pm, and most deaths are people in the ages of 50 and over.
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Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - over 500 motor vehicles seized first day
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2017, 02:01:11 PM »
Military enforces tough traffic law, seizes over 500 motor vehicles in first day

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) says over 30,000 traffic offenders will face court trials, and more than 500 motor vehicles seized after authorities began to enforce traffic law strictly to curb road accidents during the week long Songkran festival.

NCPO deputy spokesperson Col Sirichan Ngathong said on the first day of the tightened enforcement of traffic law yesterday under a slogan “drunk driving to face car seizure” campaign, authorities found 32,782 violations involving motorcycles.

She said 535 motor vehicles were seized, and driving licences of 433 drivers were confiscated.

Authorities will send 30,071 offenders to trial.

She went on saying that for public transportation offences, authorities found 27,3370 violations by drivers of passenger buses and personal cars.

Driving licences of 1,498 drivers were confiscated, and 102 cars were impounded while 25,549 drivers will be charged in court, she said.
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Offline nan

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2017, 07:10:19 PM »
err no fun
ignorance does not help your post one bit but it probably says an awful lot about you.

Offline Baby Farts

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2017, 11:38:18 AM »
"No too much water." 

Heh Heh.

Offline thaiga

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - Nakhon Ratchasima had the most fatalities
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2017, 01:35:40 PM »
Road death toll falls during first two days of Songkran but accidents increase

During the same twoday period last year there were 116 deaths and 981 people injured in 907 accidents.

The Road Safety Directing Centre said yesterday that Nakhon Ratchasima had the most fatalities with six deaths, while Chiang Mai had the most accidents and the most injuries at 51 cases and 48 people respectively.

Meanwhile, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) deputy spokeswoman Colonel Sirichan Ngathong said a total of 32,782 drinkdriving violations were reported on Wednesday and 30,071 of the cases would be forwarded for further legal action. More than 430 motorcycles were also impounded.

As for public and private vehicles, authorities found 27,337 violations and impounded 102 vehicles, suspended 1,497 drivers’ licences and sent 25,549 people to face further legal action.

During a press conference at the Road Safety Directing Centre, Public Health Ministry deputy permanent secretary Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai said there were 48 deaths and 630 injuries in 586 crashes nationwide on Wednesday alone, the second day of the campaign.

Most accidents involved motorcycles (77 per cent) and the major causes were drunk driving (42.32 per cent) and speeding (30.38 per cent).

About 36 per cent of accidents took place on highways and 39 per cent on rural roads. The period between 4pm to 8pm was the most accidentprone, seeing 31 per cent of crashes, while over half of the incidents involved drivers aged between 15 and 49 years old.

About 63,000 officials who are manning 2,025 checkpoints nationwide arrested 110,609 motorists for violations, mostly for failure to present a driver’s licence (31,366 cases) or failure to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle (32,077 cases), he added.

Highways and transport hubs remained crowded on Wednesday as many continued to travel back to their hometowns up country for Songkran.

A source at Transport Co Ltd said 10,000 travellers were stranded for hours at Bangkok’s Mo Chit Bus Terminal on Wednesday night, despite the company increasing bus trips to 2,687 for the holiday. The problem was caused by a strike by privatelyrun buses reportedly against NCPO-backed traffic regulations, especially a requirement for all passengers to wear seat belts.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, who inspected the terminal that night, said the government would not compromise on passengers’ safety.

The Nation
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The ugly side revellers sprayed bullets instead of water

Songkran is not a good time for all, as the idiots come out in full force, a report from the says Violence erupted not once, but twice, in Ayutthaya on Thursday night when revellers sprayed bullets instead of water during the festivities.

Another incident a motorcylist and pillion rider was soaked when engine oil was thrown at them.

A motorcylist and pillion rider soaked with engine oil thrown at them and other people in Muang district, Chon Buri, on Wednesday night. (Photo from @Tichakondemnaka Facebook account)

A happy Songkran (clip below) at a celebration in Nakhon Phanom on the banks of the Mekhong River in north eastern Thailand

หวิดนองเลือด !! “ถนนข้าวปุ้น”นครพนมโจ๋เมารุมสกรัมกันหน้าเวทีลูกทุ่ง
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Songkran death toll now claims 167 lives and 1,795 injuries in three days

 The Road Safety Centre said traffic accidents during the past three days of the Songkran festival have claimed 167 lives and 1,795 i juries.

It said only in a single day yesterday, the third day after the campaign “7 Dangerous Days” was launched from April 11-17, 79 people were killed, and 752 injured in a total of 748 traffic accidents recorded from roads and highways nationwide.

In total, the centre said altogether 167 people died and 1,795 others were injured during the past three days of the campaign to reduce traffic accidents.

Chiang Mai and Udon Thani topped the most accidents in the past three days of 33 accidents each.

However for fatality count, Bangkok and Sakhon Nakhon came first with highest fatalities in three days of five each, while Chiang Mai came on top for injuries of 37 people.
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Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2017, 12:08:28 PM »
A dry bar at Nana Plaza

Might be new year but that don't stop the scraps

สงกรานต์โหด! หนุ่มถูกโจ๋เมืองช้าง รุมกระทืบยับเยิน

But all is ok at Jomtien beach in Pattaya with people eating, drinking, taking a dip in the sea.

สงกรานต์คึกคัก นักท่องเที่ยวทะลักหาดจอมเทียน // สยามชล นิวส์
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Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - 14 fewer road accident deaths in first three days
« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2017, 12:52:34 PM »
14 fewer road accident deaths in first three days of Songkran holiday

Accident in Kalasin province on April 14th

There have been 14 fewer road deaths this year compared to last year during the first three days of the so-called “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran holiday.

While 167 people were killed in road accidents this year, 181 died last year.However, 1,795 injuries and a total of 1,743 accidents were reported, which is ahead of last year’s 1,777 people injured in 1,661 accidents, Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul told a press conference at the Road Safety Centre yesterday.

Nakhon Ratchasima was the most dangerous province with nine fatalities, while Chiang Mai had the most accidents (83) and the most injured (86).

On Thursday alone, 748 accidents nationwide killed 79 people and injured 752 people. Most accidents involved motorcycles (80.2 per cent), followed by pickup trucks (7.0 per cent). The major causes were drunk driving (48.8 per cent) and speeding (27.5 per cent).

Slightly over a third (34.6 per cent) took place on highways and 35.7 per cent on rural roads. The 4pm to 8pm time period was the most accident-prone, accounting for 32.9 per cent of crashes.

According to the centre’s report for Thursday, 64,141 officials manning 2,043 checkpoints nationwide and 136,509 motorists were cited for traffic violations, mostly for driving without a licence (36,457 cases), driving or riding a motorcycle without a helmet (38,746 cases) and driving a vehicle without wearing a seatbelt (17,344 cases).

As most people had already returned to their hometowns and were celebrating the Thai New Year with their families and friends, authorities focused on enforcing the law at various public places particularly Songkran-designated zones.

The Interior Ministry has suggested several measures to provincial officials, local administrators, kamnan and village headmen to stop the inebriated from driving. They included ensuring that parking was available at Songkran events, and having organisers hold vehicle keys and refusing to return them to anyone deemed too intoxicated to drive.

Authorities were instructed to dispatch teams to talk with the families of anyone known for drinking and causing a disturbance, shooting a gun at the sky, or speeding.

Officials would also focus on establishments and parties where alcohol was being consumed to prevent anyone driving under the influence. Transport on rivers and the sea ws also monitored.

In Phang Nga’s Takua Thung district, Somchai Sumanascharoenkul, deputy director-general of the Marine Department, inspected wharfs to ensure the safety of visitors to Phang Nga Bay.

Meanwhile Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau reported that they had arrested a total of 9,805 traffic law violators during April 11-13-most of whom (3,282) failed to wear helmets.

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Boy killed, 6 Songkran celebrants hurt in train-pickup truck crash

A black pickup truck carrying Songkran celebrants is badly damaged when a South-bound train rams into it at a railway crossing in Ratchaburi's Photharam district. The crash killed a 10-year-old boy and injured six others on board the pickup truck. (Photo from @pr.railway Facebook account)

One boy was killed and 6 other Songkran celebrants hurt when a South-bound train rammed into their pickup truck at a railway crossing in Photharam district on Friday afternoon.

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Offline thaiga

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - 226 died, 2,457 injured 4 days
« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2017, 03:53:11 PM »
226 died, 2,457 injured in four days of Songkran festival

The Road Safety Centre said today traffic accidents during the past four days of the Songkran festival have now claimed 226 lives and 2,457 injuries.

Only yesterday, the fourth day of the campaign to reduce traffic accidents, and road fatalities during the “7-Dangerous Days” campaign, 57 were killed and 664 others injured in a total of 642 traffic accidents happened across the country.

Drunk driving is a major cause of yesterday fatality rates or 44.08%, followed by speeding, 27.41%.

In total, the centre said 226 people have died and 2,457 others were injured during the past four days of the campaign to reduce traffic accidents.

Udon Thani had the highest accumulated traffic accidents of 32 cases while Nakhon Ratchasima topped the highest accumulated deaths of 13 people.

Chiang Mai had the highest accumulated injuries of 119.

Motorcycles remained the vehicle that engaged in most road accidents, followed by pickup trucks and cars.
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Offline nan

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2017, 07:34:11 PM »
is it all hyped up to make news,keep informing us over the holiday period,how many have died,how many injured,
we all know the roads are deadly,just at holidays i think not.

if you took the yearly figures of the deaths on the road,divided the days of a year by seven,how far out would you be that any given seven days is different than a holiday seven days. i would tend to believe the figures from WHO rather than the media that might copy a story,but the real figure you will never know as some some die after the accident on way to hospital.

the figure might also rise as each year there are more people on the roads,it is a known fact that drinking and driving also speed kills.much harsher penalties needed.

i think the law on sitting in the back needs to be reviewed,are the people sitting in the air conditioned offices making these laws not thinking of the rural areas,ordinary life people taking their staff to work,farm labourers even teachers that take their classes in the back to the school buses might be the answer instead of them on motorcycles.

just my two squirts of water  :)
ignorance does not help your post one bit but it probably says an awful lot about you.
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Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - More accidents but deaths well down on 2016
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2017, 12:27:46 PM »
More accidents but deaths well down on 2016

THE DEATH toll on the roads over the first four days of the long Songkran holiday’s “seven dangerous days” was lower than during the same period last year, according to the Road Safety Centre.

Between Tuesday and Friday, 226 people were killed in road accidents, compared to 259 during the same period last year.

However, the numbers of accidents and injuries were higher. There were 2,385 accidents during the first four days, with 2,457 people injured, the agency announced yesterday.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said that on Friday alone, 642 accidents claimed the lives of 57 people and saw 664 others injured.

After four days of the accident-monitoring period, there were 12 provinces without road deaths and four without injuries related to road accidents.

Chiang Mai became the province with the highest number of road accidents, with 114 over the first four days.

Nakhon Ratchasima had the highest death toll with 13 people during the four-day period, Arkhom said, adding that Chiang Mai had the highest number of injured people in road accidents, with 119 people casualties.

On Friday, drunk driving remained the biggest cause of accidents, Arkhom said. Drunkenness was attributed to 315 accidents, or 44 per cent of all road mishaps.

Meanwhile, authorities impounded 3,460 vehicles and took legal action against some 200,000 people for drunk driving during the first three days of the “seven dangerous” days, a spokeswoman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) said yesterday.

NCPO spokeswoman Colonel Sirichan Ngathong told a press conference that 2,633 motorcycles and 827 four-wheel vehicles were impounded between Wednesday and Friday.

She said 110,826 motorcyclists and pillion riders and 91,697 motorists faced legal action during the three-day period.

On Friday alone, authorities seized 1,219 motorcycles and took action against 39,759 motorcyclists. They also seized 401 four-wheel vehicles and took action against 30,854 motorists.

Yesterday also saw heavy traffic in certain roads as Songkran celebrants returned early to the capital.

Roads in Nakhon Sawan leading to Bangkok became jammed with vehicles as people headed back from the North.

As congested intersections in Nakhon Sawan, traffic police controlled traffic lights to enable longer green-light intervals for traffic headed to Bangkok.

Meanwhile, Bangkok-bound traffic on Phetchkasem Road through Phetchaburi, known as the “gate to the South”, was also heavier yesterday with holidaymakers returning home.

The traffic was still flowing but slow at certain spots. Police also temporarily closed U-turn points on Phetchakasem from Khao Yoi district to Cha-am to avoid accidents. Local |officials teamed up with the Army to erect tents for motorists to stop, rest |and receive urgent car services along the way from Khao Yoi to Cha-am.

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Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Offline nan

Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2017, 03:18:37 PM »
where have they gone
what day of the week is it,has songkran started yet or is it over,any new laws today that will be changed tomorrow.
please do not change too much the country i love,or it will not be thailand,yes by all means try to stop the deaths on the roads,but think through the laws first,chopping and changing the people do not know whether they are coming or going,our soi is empty this year which normally you can hear the kids splashing away having fun,now they travel by road to designated areas to have their songkran fun.

ignorance does not help your post one bit but it probably says an awful lot about you.
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Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - Korat Ranked Top in Songkran Road Fatalities
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2017, 04:11:17 PM »
Korat Ranked Top in Songkran Road Fatalities

An ambulance skid off the road in Khon Kaen on April 11 after the driver reportedly dozed off, injuring a patient and nurses inside the vehicle.

Road accidents throughout five days of the Songkran holiday claimed 283 lives this year, with Korat having the highest number of fatalities, the government disaster agency announced Saturday.

Of those deaths, 17 occurred in the northeastern province alone, though Chiang Mai had the highest number of injuries, 145. The numbers were released as part of the routine butcher’s bill for the annual “Seven Dangerous Days,” a week that covers the traditional Thai New Year festival, during which hundreds of thousands of people travel on the road.

The numbers are from the period between April 11 and 15. Similar to previous years, highway police commander Somchai Kaosamran said a vast majority of traffic deaths, or 84 percent, involved motorcycles.

Also alike all previous year, drunk driving and speeding were cited as the main causes of these accidents.

The road death toll is expected to rise even further as hordes of commuters are set to return to Bangkok today and tomorrow – the closing stage of the Seven Dangerous Days. Congestion had already been reported at major highways leading to the capital city.
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Re: 7-7-7 Songkran
« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2017, 07:27:22 PM »
every little helps ;)  a steamed pig head, a boiled hen, a bottle of liquor, a water bottle and some fruit

‘Spirited’ attempt by Phitsanulok police to reduce road accidents

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Re: 7-7-7 Songkran - Just grin and look stupid and you'll be OK
« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2017, 12:22:54 PM »
Well that's done n dusted. all over again for another year, Amusing article in the Leaning towards how we change as the years roll by for us expats about how we deal with songkran.
    Ha! Ha! look like you are enjoying it even if you aren't.

Just grin and look stupid and you'll be OK

When I was first in Thailand I used to think Songkran was great fun. Throwing water and getting soaking wet seemed a very sensible diversion from the overwhelming April heat. I was even a little disappointed if I didn't get a good drenching from grinning urchins. Everyone seemed so happy. It was definitely sanook.

It will come as no surprise that four decades later I am of a somewhat different persuasion. I think they call it "getting old".

But when you see the madness that is going on in the rest of the world, there are a lot worse things that can happen than getting drenched by some kids. You basically have a choice of accepting it and staying cool, or losing your temper and being a misery guts. It's not a bad idea to at least look like you are enjoying it even if you aren't. Just grin and look stupid and you'll be fine, if a little on the damp side.

And if you are in Bangkok, just enjoy the empty streets. If only it could be like this for the whole year. You could even be on time for appointments if you could find anyone to have an appointment with. One suspects many of those people who headed out of town for a "long weekend" won't be seen for weeks.

The promise

It was about 10 years ago in a Northeastern village that I finally accepted I was too ancient to enjoy the delights of Songkran.

I knew I was in trouble from the moment my wife presented me with hideous bright yellow Songkran shorts with garish multicoloured blobs on them. In the early afternoon I was awoken from a pleasant postprandial nap by my Thai nephew who informed me it was time to "play with the water". He saw my grimace and added "you promised". And indeed I had, oh foolish Crutch.

It was incredibly hot as I clambered aboard the back of the pickup with assorted village kids and giant-sized buckets of water. I was under the impression we would just do a couple of circuits of the village, chuck some water at the locals and then retire back to the house for an afternoon of sublime somnolence. Wrong again.

The reality

After a couple of warm-up raids in the village, to my alarm we were suddenly pointing towards Udon Thani town. We soon found ourselves at Nong Prajak, the park which was the centre of Songkran activities. It was total mayhem, but in a nice sort of way.

The road that circles the park was packed with pickups and water throwers. There was plenty of music too, and the atmosphere was terrific. Everyone was having fun in a grand celebration of letting off steam on a bloody hot day.

Being soaking wet made total sense. I couldn't imagine anything remotely like this happening in England. It would all end in a massive punch-up.

It took us an hour to negotiate one kilometre and I must admit to being somewhat relieved when our pickup sneaked into a quiet soi where we found welcome dryness. I had experienced a great time behaving like an 11-year-old for a while, but now it was back to grim reality -- burning red face, creaking joints, a totally numb backside and feeling very much like an old wrinkly again.

The back seat

One Songkran horror trip I won't forget was aboard an Orange Crush bus from Chumphon to Bangkok in the mid-1970s.

It was a sweltering hot day and a Post colleague and I found ourselves at the chaotic Chumphon bus terminal as hundreds of people indulged in a free-for-all trying to cram onto each bus. It was in the days before air-conditioned transport and we had no choice but to use the old Orange Crush.

We eventually squeezed onto the back seat of a bus with about eight other people. This was unpleasant enough in itself, but there was an added complication. The back seat had somehow detached itself from the rest of the bus, so that every time the driver braked the seat carried on its forward momentum, dumping us all on the floor. We laughed the first time it happened, but the joke wore thin pretty quickly.

The discomfort was not helped by the fact that because it was stiflingly hot, the bus windows were all open, allowing kids lining the highway to lob in water bombs at regular intervals.

We had to endure this for about 10 hours and I can safely say that by journey's end we were not in a festive spirit.

Saucepan abuse

Although Songkran is thankfully just once a year, I have a daily reminder of it in our kitchen in the form of a dented saucepan.

About 30 years ago, during a Songkran battle with neighbours, I used the saucepan in an unsuccessful bid to bomb next-door's maid from an upstairs window. The water-filled saucepan slipped out of my hand and crashed to the ground, thankfully missing the maid.

The saucepan collected a number of dents and a cracked handle and although I've repeatedly thrown it out, it keeps reappearing.

So every time I boil the carrots or peas it acts a reminder of my juvenile behaviour all those years ago when I was guilty of severe saucepan abuse.

Thanks to Roger Cruchley bangkokpost
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