386 people killed during 7 dangerous Songkran travel days


The government’s Road Safety Operation Center reported there were 3,338 traffic accidents, down 10.4% from last year, in which 386 people were killed, down 7.7% from last year, during seven days of the dangerous Songkran travel week (April 11-17).

Apart from the death toll, the accidents also injured 3,442 people, down 11.7% from last year. No one was killed in traffic accidents in the five provinces of Trang, Phangnga, Mae Hong Son, Sukhothai and Ang Thong.

Chiang Mai and Nakhon Si Thammarat posted the highest number of traffic accidents with 128 incidents while the highest death toll, 15, was reported each in Nakhon Ratchasima and Udon Thani provinces.

Most accidents involved alcohol, speeding and motorcycles.

Chayapol Thitisak, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and secretary to the Road Safety Operation Center, said the center would gather road safety problems and recommendations from all parties and work out road safety solutions and measures for the cabinet to implement during normal time and festivals.