Road accidents claim 204 lives on first 4 days of Songkran holiday


The Road Safety Centre of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported today that there have been 2,027 road accidents between April 11-14, resulting in 204 deaths and 2,142 injuries.

The northeastern province of Chaiyaphum has remained the only province not having experienced road accidents, while the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat recorded the highest number of road accidents at 75 and the highest number of injuries at 82.

The centre said it also saw the highest death toll at 11 in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanich said the number of deaths has fallen from that of last year but the number of accidents and injuries has increased.

He said most accidents resulted from drunk driving, followed by excessive speeding.

Motorcycles are the vehicle type with the highest number of accidents, followed by pickup trucks.