The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

New Year death toll at five-year low, down nearly 20%

New Year death toll at five-year low, down nearly 20%

BANGKOK: The death toll from road accidents during the “seven dangerous days” of the New Year holidays dropped by almost 20% to 373, the lowest level in five years.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 4 January 2020, 10:17AM

On Thursday (Jan 2), 45 people were killed, up one or 2.3% year-on-year, bringing the total in seven days to 373, down 19.4%. On the same day, 359 injured were in 354 road accidents, both down from the previous year.

Most of the vehicles involved in the crashes were motorcycles, which accounted for 83%, said Deputy Interior Minister Niphon Bunyamanee said on Friday, citing the latest report from the Road Safety Directing Centre.

From Dec 27 to Jan 2, there were a total of 3,421 road accidents across the country, with 3,499 injuries. Bangkok had the highest number of deaths at 15, while Songkhla recorded the highest number of accidents and injuries at 116 and 121, respectively.

Drink driving and speeding were major causes of the crashes. A total of 230,603 people were charged with traffic offences, including failing to wear crash helmets (56,447), and driving without licences (51,686).

Compared with last year’s figures, the number of New Year holiday road accidents this year was 370 lower. The numbers of deaths and injuries during this New Year holidays were also down from the previous year by 90 and 393, respectively, he said.

Court of Justice spokesman Suriyan Hongwilai said on Friday there were 25,376 traffic offence cases, mostly drink-driving, sent to courts from Dec 27 to Jan 2. Of the total, the courts already ruled on 24,986 cases, or 98.5%.

CIBS 2020 - The 25th China (Shanghai) International Boat Show

Drink-driving topped the list of traffic offences sent to courts during the seven-day dangerous New Year period, with 23,723 offenders. The other top two offences were driving without licences (3,879) and driving under the influence of drugs (344), said Mr Suriyan.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday despite the improvement, he was not happy with the figures since hundreds of deaths were still considered high. Authorities must remain vigilant and continue to find measures to lower the numbers further for the next long holidays during Songkran, he added.

He also floated the idea of changing the name of the monitoring period from “seven dangerous days” to something more positive. He suggested “seven days of happiness” so people think more of their loved ones and their own safety when driving during long holidays.

While the death toll dropped, it is still a far cry from the international goal adopted by the Land Transport Department at below 10 per 100,000 population this year, or 664 a year based on the population of 66.4 million in the 2018 census.


Read original story here.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


Kurt | 04 January 2020 - 13:40:26

Government Officials can make a lot of money by confiscating/storage cars/motorbikes 4 months. It could be a thai financial dream doing! The commission + Wai's that are waiting!  Wow!

Kurt | 04 January 2020 - 10:55:50

If death toll bookkeeping is true and not 'artistic made up', it is good news.  Up to Songkran another 20% down. With stricter anti alcohol/drugs measures. Drunk/drugs driving? Car/motorbike confiscation for 4 months, 4 months driving license suspended, pay a hefty fine and pay for 4 months car/motorbike storage in a Government facility. Hit 'between the wheels' and in their wallet...

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Phuket tour bus operators’ crisis deepens amid virus fallout

Dek, thank you for your 'police search job' and 'follow'me with so much fascination...(Read More)

Kamala canal runs black despite new B58mn wastewater-treatment plant coming online

Remember to connect the "in" to the "in" and the "out" to the out. Jus...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: They kill children

Kurt must be on holiday out of the country....(Read More)

Phuket tour bus operators’ crisis deepens amid virus fallout

" I not drink alcohol" Oh,that's weird given the fact you commented the following on a...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: They kill children

Absolutely spot on article, now if only those "in charge" would take note, not much chance...(Read More)

Phuket tour bus operators’ crisis deepens amid virus fallout

better still, dont have a comment section. ...(Read More)

Mains water supply outage to affect Kathu

How can it possibly be unrealistic? Why bother with just Phuket. It's not the centre of the univ...(Read More)

Mains water supply outage to affect Kathu

@Rorri " Stick to what this is about" I thought it is an article about works are carried ...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: They kill children

How many more? I agree that the only way things may change is when victims and their families sue ca...(Read More)

Phuket jungle camp cleared of baby elephant abuse allegations

Poor baby belongs with her mother so cruel to see I would never visit any place where you ride eleph...(Read More)