51 more people die on Thailand’s roads during 6th day of ‘Seven Dangerous Days’
Today, January 3rd, 2018 is the last day of Thailand’s ‘Seven Dangerous Days‘, as a large number of Thais finish their return trips to Bangkok and other Thai cities after visiting relatives for the New Year break.
Yesterday was the sixth day of the ‘Seven Dangerous Days’ and it was a day that saw another 51 people die on Thailand’s roads, bringing the total up to 375 road deaths in Thailand in just six days.
On the sixth ‘dangerous day’, however, the Thai province of Si Sa Ket was passed by Nakhon Ratchasima when it comes to having had the most deaths, with a total of 15 people now having died on their roads.
Prior to yesterday, Si Sa Ket had the most people killed in traffic accidents on days one through five with a total of thirteen.
Of course, as on the other five dangerous days, a huge percentage of people who died was as a result of drunk driving, followed closely by speeding.
Again, too, most deaths occurred due to motorcycle accidents. Not only due to drunk driving and speeding, but also due to the vast majority of people in Thailand still not wearing helmets or the correct motorcycle gear when riding a motorcycle. (United States figures show approximately 37 out of every 100 people killed on motorbikes could have averted death if they had been wearing a helmet).
Even at 375 deaths nationwide, however, the number is still down 12 percent from last year during the same period. So, while 375 avoidable deaths in Thailand is tragic, it could apparently have been even worse.
As for where the safest places seem to be during Thailand’s ‘Seven Dangerous Days’? Trang, Chai Nat, Nakhon Nayok, Narathiwat, Yalam Nan, Nong Bua Lam Phu and Ranong have not had any deaths due to traffic accidents during the New Year holiday period at all.