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The Songkran Road Safety Campaign Has Already Begun

April 12, 2021

Every Songkran, the Thai government tries to stop its citizens from dying on the roads. However, they usually fail because trying to stop Thais from driving during Songkran is like trying to stop the wind from blowing.
The first day of Songkran this year is Saturday, April 11th, 2021, according to the Thai government.
On the first day of Songkran, there were 25 deaths and 356 injuries and this is considered a moderate success. The director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department announced there were 348 road accidents in the country.
It may seem strange that these figures should be labeled as a figure. They are actually much lower than the average death toll in Thailand for most of the year.
They expect these numbers to change dramatically on the second day of Songkran when Thais return to their cities, towns, and villages to visit their families.
Thai government officials determined that 4 percent of the accidents involved cars, about 7.5 percent involved pick-up trucks, and about 83 percent involved motorbikes. Most of these accidents took place between 4 and 8 pm. About 28 percent of accidents occurred between late afternoon and early evening. About 20 percent occurred between 8 am and noon. Only 17 percent occurred between noon and 4 pm.
More than a third of these crashes are caused by speeding. Sudden lane changes account for 20 percent of crashes. 23 percent are caused by drunk drivers.

If you are driving in Thailand during Songkran, you should try to be careful, whether you are a Thai or a Farong.

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