113 people have died and 853 others have been injured in 869 road accidents since Monday, during the first three days of this year’s Songkran festival, according to the Department of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation.
30.51% of the accidents involved drunk driving and 30.21% involved speeding. Motorcycles were involved in 81.36% of the accidents, 7.10% involved pickup trucks.
38.97% of the accidents took place on the country’s highways and 35.95% on secondary roads in villages and areas under the jurisdiction of Tambon (sub-district) Administration Organizations.
75.53% of the accidents occurred between 5pm and 6pm. 10.27% of the casualties were in the 20-29 age group.
Khon Kaen and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces top the list with 33 road accidents each during the past three days, while Samut Sakhon claims the highest death toll at 6.
413,877 vehicles of various types, including motorcycles, were stopped for checks at 1,903 road checkpoints during the three-day period. 79,025 people face legal action, including 22,297 cases of driving without a license and 20,771 cases of not wearing a crash helmet.