19 May 2024

Casualties from road accidents in the first two days of the long Songkran holiday have risen to 63 dead and 550 injured in 541 accidents, according to the Command Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Road Accidents during the Songkran Festival.

307 road accidents were recorded on Friday, resulting in 38 fatalities and 299 people injured. 41.37% of the accidents were caused by speeding, 21.17% by drunk driving and 20.20% by cutting in.  84.91% of the accidents involved motorcycles.

Most of the accidents occurred between 4pm and 5pm and between 7pm and 8pm. Phayao province recorded the highest number of road accidents yesterday, at 15. Three people died each in Nakhon Ratchasima, Roi-et and Chiang Rai.

For the past two days, Chiang Rai and Prachuap Khiri Khan recorded the highest number of road accidents, at 21 each. Roi-et had the highest death toll at five, while Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla have the highest number of injured, at 22 each.