56 Dead, 729 Injured In First Two Days Of Songkran Travel – 17,000 Nabbed For No licences

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56 people have died and 729 people have been injured from 705 accidents during the first two days of Thailand’s so-called ‘7 Dangerous Days’.

 

The accidents took place on April 10 and 11 following increased traffic on the roads as people travel for the Songkran holidays.

 

Figures released on Monday cited speeding as the biggest cause of accidents, followed by people driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

A staggering 87 percent of all accidents involved a motorcycle.

 

Most accidents occurred between 4pm and 8pm and involved those aged 50 and over.

 

Police said 1,916 checkpoints inspected 330,653 vehicles.

 

Of the vehicles inspected 61,702 drivers face prosecution, with 15,661 found to not be wearing helmets and 17,025 did not have driving licenses.

 

Nakhon Si Thammaratt and Roi Et accounted for the most accidents, recording 16 accidents each.

 

The province with the highest deaths was Trang and Samut Prakan (3 per province).

 

The province with the highest number of injuries was Nakhon Si Thammarat (20 people).

 

Typically between 350 and 400 people are killed in road accidents in Thailand during the Songkran holidays.

 

(Source: – Thai Visa News)

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