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DAY ONE – Songkran road toll – 27 deaths

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And so it begins… Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported 278 road traffic accidents on the first day of the Songkran Seven Days of Danger road safety campaign during the annual Songkran celebrations.

A total of 27 deaths and 287 injuries were recorded as a result of road accidents that occurred on April 11.

According to a Phuket Express report, most road traffic accidents (over 35%) were the result of speeding and 79% of accidents involved motorbikes. Around 48% of accidents happened on highways, with most occurring between 7.00pm and 8.00pm.

The areas with the highest number of reported deaths were the central province of Pathum Thani, the northern province of Phetchabun, and in Loei province, in northeastern Thailand. Meanwhile, the southern province of Phatthalung recorded the highest number of injuries and accidents, reporting 14 accidents and 18 injuries.

At the time of writing, Phuket has recorded no deaths from road traffic accidents. Let’s hope it stays that way.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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