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Special Report: This year's Songkran death toll a slight decline from 2013's
Special Report: This year's Songkran death toll a slight decline from 2013's
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Date : 18 เมษายน 2557
The cumulative death toll of road accidents during the seven dangerous day period this year stands at 322.

The final tally revealed on Friday indicated that during April 11-17, a total of 2,992 accidents took place during Songkran, killing 322 people and injuring 3,225 others. The death toll is down 0.31% from the same period last year.

Like in 2013, drunk driving and speeding are the two major causes of accidents. Most of the accidents involved motorcycles (80.75%) and pickup trucks (9.73%), and occurred during 4pm-8pm.

Nakhon Ratchasima reported the largest number of fatalities at 14, while Chiang Mai province saw the highest accumulated number of accidents at 116 and the highest accumulated number of injuries at 114.

Meanwhile, Chai Nat, Phetchaburi, Ang Thong, Phangnga and Yala reported a zero death toll.

At least 300 people die every year in road accidents during what is known as the "seven dangerous days" of Songkran. Authorities again launched a road safety campaign this year, hoping to reduce the annual carnage.

A recent study found that 70% of people who died on the road during the the annual New Year and Songkran holidays had extremely high alcohol levels in their blood.

The Road Safety Direction Centre's report for the road toll last year comes down to 592,645 injuries, 1,271 people were crippled and 7,084 dead. The World Health Organisation's Global Status report on Road Safety 2013 says 26% of road traffic deaths in Thailand involved alcohol.

According to a new study, Thailand ranks fourth on the list as the world’s heaviest drinkers. Out of the 44 countries studied by Euromonitor, Thais were found to be the fourth hardest drinkers at 4.5 shots per week, closely trailing behind South Korea, Russia, and the Phillippines.
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