Songkran 2011 road accidents down by 8.5%

The official road accident figures for the “seven dangerous days” of Songkran 2011 were announced yesterday by the Road Safety Centre (RSC) who reported that 271 people were killed on Thailand’s roads during the main holiday days, a drop of 24.9 per cent over the same period in 2010.

According to RSC director Dr. Thanapong Jinwong there were 3,215 road accidents over the seven days, a drop of 8.56 percent over the 3,516 road accidents recorded for Songkran 2010, while the number of people seriously injured fell from 3,802 in 2010 “to just 3,476” in 2011, a drop of 8.57 percent.

The rider of this motorbike suffered serious injuries after a high speed crash in Chiang Mai.
File Photo: The rider of this motorbike suffered serious injuries after a high speed crash in Chiang Mai. Photo: John Le Fevre

Dr. Thanapong said drunk driving accounted for 38.7 per cent of Songkran 2011 road accidents, with excessive speed blamed for 20.5 per cent and 15.6 per cent due to reckless driving by motorcyclists.

According to Dr. Thanapong up to 4,910,038 vehicles were stopped for road-side checks during the Songkran 2011 holiday days, an increase of 497,159 over Songkran 2010, with 646,837 drivers issued traffic infringement notices, including 202,956 motorbike riders detected not wearing crash helmets.

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One Response to "Songkran 2011 road accidents down by 8.5%"

  1. Motorbike Accessories   May 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I think that no matter where you live or ride a helmet is one of the most important things you need to have with you at all times. Riding without a helmet is never a good idea, especially when accident rates are, although on their way down, are so high. Thanks for the post.

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