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Songkran road death toll hits 248 in 5 days

THE FIRST five days of the Songkran holidays claimed 248 lives and injured 2,643 people in 2,481 road accidents nationwide, the Road Safety Directing Centre said yesterday.

The cumulative accidents increased by 191 and injuries by 204 from the same period last Songkran, but there have been eight fewer deaths, said Pol Maj-General Surapol Yoonuch, deputy chief of the Royal Thai Police Office of Police Strategy.

On Tuesday April 15alone, there were 454 road accidents killing 44 people and injuring 501 others.

Most accidents resulted from drunk driving at 35.46 per cent and speeding at 24.89 per cent. Motorcycles accounted for most accidents at 79.40 per cent followed by pickup trucks at 10.94 per cent, he said, and 65.64 per cent took place on a straight section of road. About a third (32.60 per cent)

occurred between 4pm and 8pm.

Chiang Mai has had the most accidents so far at 91, while Nakhon Ratchasima has suffered the most deaths at 12. Nakhon Si Thammarat and Chiang Mai had the highest cumulative injuries at 101 each.

Eight provinces had been free of any fatalities. These were Amnat Charoen, Chai Nat, Phetchaburi, Lop Buri, Angthong, Narathiwat, Phang Nga and Yala.


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