Songkran is over and in the Bangkok Post they Released the Official Figures of Accidents and the Toll on People. It was probably a lot better than it could have been simply because it was one of the Quietest Songkrans I have seen in Chiang Mai and from other Reports the Rest of Thailand! This is Due to the Economic Crisis and the Current Political Turmoil all adding to the Subdued atmosphere.
Unfortunately one of Our Vans was involved in 1 of the near 4000 Accidents after getting Hit in the Right back Corner By a Drunken Motorbike Rider at an Intersection so ended up in the Repair Shop. Minor Accident but just an Inconvenience while getting Repaired. All the Best!!!
Anyway here is the Report:
HOLIDAY ROAD TOLL
373 killed over festival
- Published: 18/04/2009 at 12:00 AM
- Newspaper section: News
A total of 373 people were killed and more than 4,000 injured in road accidents nationwide during the seven-day Songkran festival, which ended on Thursday.
Interior permanent secretary Wichai Srikwan said 3,977 road accidents across the country were recorded between April 10-16 – the seven-day period considered dangerous for road users during the Songkran holidays. That was 266 fewer accidents than last year.
Mr Wichai said fatalities have risen to 373, five more than last year, while 4,332 people were injured, 471 less than the previous year.
During the seven-day period, Chiang Rai recorded the highest number of accidents (145) as well as the highest number of injuries (164) while Chiang Mai recorded the most deaths (14).
In seven provinces, no fatalities from road accidents were recorded – Trat, Chachoengsao, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Sakon Nakhon, Nan, and Yala.
On Thursday alone, the last day of the period, 343 road accidents were recorded, and 52 deaths. Suphan Buri had the highest number of accidents (13). The main causes of accidents were driving under the influence and speeding, and most accidents involved motorcycles.