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7 dangerous days
« on: April 11, 2016, 05:10:26 PM »
The 7 dangerous days starts today the 11th april, lets hope the figures are down this year, Too early for any reports yet but the police have been out in force at the run up to songkran, at the weekend a total of 1,740 people were arrested for drink-driving and 28 vehicles impounded at road checkpoints nationwide.

1,740 drink-drivers arrested over weekend

A total of 1,740 people were arrested for drink-driving and 28 vehicles impounded at road checkpoints nationwide over the weekend as people began returning to their home provinces to celebrate Songkran, National Council for Peace and Order deputy spokeswoman Sirichan Ngathong said on Monday.

Col Sirichan said of the 1,740 arrested for drink-driving from April 9-10, 1,540 were charged with reckless driving and 174 had their driver's licence confiscated.

Officials temporarily impounded 28 vehicles -- 25 motorcycles and three cars -- from drunk drivers.

The checkpoints -  manned by soldiers, police and civilians - have been instructed to strictly enforce the NCPO's policy to arrest drink-drivers and impound vehicles as deemed necessary to prevent and reduce road accidents during the Songkran holiday period, she said.

The Songkran Festival holiday is officially  April 13-15 this year, followed by a weekend, but many people take a few days extra leave to enjoy an extended vacation.

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Re: 7 dangerous days - 52 killed on first day
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2016, 05:10:29 PM »
52 killed on first day of Songkran accident-reduction drive

Fifty-two people were killed and 431 injured in 387 road accidents on Monday, the first day of a government campaign to reduce crashes during the Songkran festival.

Pol Lt Gen Anan Srihiran, assistant chief of the Royal Thai Police and spokesman for the government's campaign centre, said 36.7% of the traffic accidents were caused by speeding and 26.9% by drink-driving.

Just under 80% of the smash-ups involves motorcycles.

Chiang Mai province recorded the most accidents with 19. The highest death toll came in Prachin Buri where six were killed, and the provinces with the highest numbers of injuries, 23, were Chiang Mai and Udon Thani.

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Songkran road fatalities nearly double 2015 after 2 days

The second day of the Songkran festival’s “seven dangerous days” saw 116 people lose their lives on the nation’s roads, nearly double last year’s two-day tally.

Despite the government's stepped-up road-safety campaign, 981 people were hurt in 907 accidents. The fatalities were a 96.6% increase over this point in 2015.

The Interior Ministry's road safety centre said 64 people were killed and 550 hurt in 520 traffic accidents on Tuesday alone.

Chiang Mai province recoreded the largest number of accidents at 45 as well as the most injuries at 48. Buri Ram saw the most fatalities with eight, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the centre.

Drink-driving and speeding remained the primary causes of accidents, with 81% of the incidents involving motorcycles.

Police arrested 20,094 people for drink-driving and 549 vehicles were impounded at checkpoints between Saturday and Tuesday, National Council for Peace and Order deputy spokeswoman Col Sirichan Ngathong said Wednesday.

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Re: 7 dangerous days - 181 died, 1,777 injured in three-day period
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2016, 02:32:43 PM »
181 died, 1,777 injured in three-day period of Songkran celebration

 The Department of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation said today that a total of 181 people died and 1,777 injured in the three day period of the Songkran festival celebration from April 11-13.

Only in a single day yesterday 65 were killed in 750 accidents, it said.

Buriram registered the highest death of 10 people in the three day period, while Chiang Mai had the highest accumulated number of 80 injured.

Yesterday the total road death toll in two days stood at 116 killed and 981 injured.

Meanwhile the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) says a total of 64,310 drivers were arrested and 1,565 vehicles compounded during its no drink driving campaign from April 9-13.

NCPO deputy spokesperson Col Sirichan Ngathong said these drivers were arrested from various roads for drink driving and would be charged with reckless driving.

She also said the overall picture of the Songkran festival in many places was peaceful and in order.

She said the NCPO would like to thank the people for their cooperation to make the peaceful celebration of  the  festival, and observe its road safety campaign.

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Re: 7 dangerous days - 259 died and 2,378 injured in four days
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2016, 02:07:40 PM »
259 died and 2,378 injured in four days of Songkran festival celebration

A total of 259 people have died and 2,378 others injured in four days of the Songkran festival celebration.

Only yesterday, 78 were killed and 601 injured in the road mishaps that were caused mostly by drink driving. There were a total of 555 road accidents in a single day yesterday.

Three days record released yesterday showed 181 died and over 1,770 were injured.

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338 died, 2,891 injured in five day Songkran travels from April 11-15

 Fatal road accidents during the Songkran festival celebrations nationwide have now claimed the lives of 338 people and injured 2,891 others in the five-day period from April 11-15, the Department of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation said today.

It said yesterday alone, a total of  79 people died and 513 others injured in 508 cases of accidents.

Mrs Chaweerat Kasetsunthorn, assistant to the Minister of Culture, said from April 11-15, a total of 2,724 road mishaps were recorded with 338 fatalities, and 2,891 injuries.

Only on April 15, 79 people died and 513 were injured in a total of 508 accidents, she said.

Drunk driving was blamed as the cause of most accidents or 33.86%, followed by speeding 30.31%.

Chiang Mai has the highest cases of 136 road accidents and injuries of 144 people in the five day period, while Bangkok has the highest death toll of 15 people.

Eight provinces where there were no road fatalities are Trat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Yala, Ranong, Samut Sakhon and Nong Bua Lampoo.

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Re: 7 dangerous days - Songkran death toll rises to 397 day 6
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2016, 02:30:21 PM »
Songkran death toll rises to 397


Three traffic lanes of a main road in Buri Ram's Nang Rong district are clogged with vehicles as Songkran revellers return to Bangkok on Sunday, the last day of the Songkran holiday. (Photo by Surachai Piragsa)

The first six days of the “seven dangerous days’’ of Songkran saw 397 people lose their lives in road crashes across the country, a 29.74% jump from last year, with drink-driving remaining the major cause of accidents.

A total of 3,104 road accidents have occurred nationwide from April 11-16, with 3,271 people suffering injuries, said Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith during a press briefing on road safety measures.

The number of accumulated road crashes, deaths and injuries this year was higher than last year. Statistics showed there were a total of 2,915 road accidents, 306 deaths and 3,070 injuries during the same period. 

On Saturday alone, there were a total of 380 road accidents which claimed 59 lives and 380 injuries.

Speeding was blamed for the major cause of Saturday’s crashes at 31.05%, followed by drink-driving at 28.16%. Most accidents involved motorcycles at 80.88%, followed by pick-up trucks at 10.08%, said Mr Akhom, citing a report by the road safety centre of the  Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

Road accidents often occurred on main roads at 69.21% and peak time for crashes was between 4.01pm to 8pm at 26.58%.

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Re: Songkran festival celebration claims 442 lives, 3,656 injuries
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2016, 04:12:08 PM »
Songkran festival celebration claims 442 lives, 3,656 injuries

 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.

Gen Anupong said there were 3,447 road accidents during 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.



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Songkran accidents cost country 5 billion baht

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has reported that the country might have to spend more than five billion baht on healthcare for casualties during the Songkran holiday.

According to MOPH Permanent Secretary Sopon Mekthon, road fatalities throughout the Songkran holiday rose to 504, compared to 479 last year. More than 28,000 people were injured. Around 4.6% or 195 of those hospitalized will likely suffer some form of disability. Medical expenses are estimated to be at least five billion baht.

Reports indicated that road casualties peaked at 15,184 between April 13 and 15, leading to 244 deaths. The number of accident victims during the first three days of the Songkran festival represented more than half of accident victims throughout the week-long holiday.

Dr. Sopon said relevant agencies had been applying traffic accident prevention measures since the beginning of fiscal year 2016. Accident-prone areas have been fixed and more than 500 vehicle checkpoints have been set up in different areas before the long holiday. Emergency medical services have also been improved, both in the number of personnel and life-saving equipment.

The MOPH is analyzing the root causes of accidents that occur during the Songkran festival. The study should be completed within May.

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