158 deaths and 1,431 injuries in four days of Songkran celebrations
158 people have died and 1,431 others have been injured in 1,422 road accidents across Thailand during four days of Songkran celebrations from April 11th, according to the Road Accidents Prevention and Reduction Centre.
On April 14th alone, 44 people were killed and 368 others injured in 368 road accidents.
Speeding accounted for most of the accidents (35.6%), followed by drunk driving (28.53%). Motorcycles were involved in most of the accidents (83.7%).
37.77% of the accidents occurred on highways, under the Highways Department, and 36.96% occurred on roads under the jurisdictions of Tambon (sub-district) Administrative Organisations and villages. 78.80% of the accidents took place on straight roads.
The northern province of Nan recorded the most accidents, 16, and the most casualties. Bangkok, Nakhon Sawan and Phitsanuloke have the highest death toll, at three each.
351,228 vehicles were stopped for inspection and 52,422 drivers face charges, including 15,467 cases of driving without a license and 15,144 cases of riding motorcycles without a crash helmet.
Provinces with the most accumulated accidents, 45 each, are Chiang Mai, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Nan. Bangkok had the highest accumulated death toll at 12.
12 provinces have not reported a single death from road accidents.