A new report has ranked Thailand as having the world’s deadliest roads.
The report, released by the World Atlas website, says there is more chance of people being killed on Thailand’s road than on the roads in places like Malawi, Iran, Rwanda and Lesotho.
According to the report, Thailand ranks in first place with an average of 36.2 deaths per 100,000 population, ahead of Malawi in 2nd place (35.0) and Liberia in 3rd (33.7).
The other countries that make up the top 10 include Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Republic of Tanzania, Central African Republic and Sao Tome and Principe.
The report is the latest to highlight the carnage on Thailand’s roads.
Last month, figures revealed at a meeting of road safety experts showed that the death toll on the nation’s roads jumped dramatically last year.
At the meeting it was revealed that the death toll on Thailand’s roads in 2016 was 22,356 – that was 2,877 up from the figure for 2015 which was 19,479.
Also last month, more damning statistics issued by the Don’t Drink Drive Foundation revealed that on average 61 people are killed every day on Thailand’s roads.
The news comes after Thailand’s government vowed to invest in safety measures to help reduce the 20,000 deaths and estimated Bt500 billion in financial losses every year.
Under the measures, officials said they would crackdown on drink driving and people breaking the speed limit.
Children from kindergarten age will also be taught about road safety.
Whilst all the above measures are to be commended , the simple truth is that the standard of driving in Thailand is simply not good enough. Of course speeding and drink driving cause accidents but the reality is that basic procedures on the roads are simply ignored.
Cutting corners is a massive problem as is driving on the wrong side of the road. Motorcycles with no lights and/or mirrors is also prevalent as is not wearing a helmet. How many lives could be saved by ALWAYS wearing a helmet?
Many Thai drivers just don’t anticipate, ie what COULD happen if I do this? Lack of consideration is also a problem. Selfishness on the roads is a daily occurrence and until these problems are addressed, nothing is going to change.