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Provinces ordered to study data after Songkran road accidents stats higher than last year

Road accidents during the Songkran period increased from last year, prompting an order for each province to study measures to cut incidents in 2017.

Minister of Interior Gen Anupong Paojinda, as chairman of the Road Safety Directing Center, has reported a conclusion of road accident statistics for 2016. He made known that on April 17 alone, 343 fatalities were recorded with 45 injured in road accidents. Nakhon Si Thammarat and Chiang Mai had the most accidents with a combined 14 and Chiang Mai and Prachuapkhirikan had the most fatalities at 4 total.

Over the entire Songkran holiday from April 11-17, a total 3,447 accidents took place and resulted in 442 deaths and 3,656 injuries. The only provinces without road accident fatalities were Trat, Yala, Ranong and Nong Bualumphu. Chiang Mai had the highest number of accidents while Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima had the most resulting fatalities. The most common cause of accidents were drunk driving followed by speeding and motorcycles were the most common vehicle involved in incidents.

Due to the data showing more loss of life and accidents than last year, Gen Anupong has ordered all provinces study their information and propose amendments to laws within the next 5 months so that new measures can be implemented in time for the New Year’s holiday.

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan meanwhile, thanked all security officers for their work as well as members of the public who made sure to celebrate the holiday in an orderly fashion. He noted that a higher rate of travel may have been a factor in the higher instance of accidents on roads, pointing out that overall the public was seen adhering to road laws. He stated that he is seeking to alter laws to allow for immediate revocation of a driver’s license and vehicle if they are found to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

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