Songkran holidays now claim 323 deaths, 3,140 injuries in five days

A total of 323 Songkran celebrants were killed and 3,140 others were injured in the past five days of the Songkran festival.

According to the Road Safety Centre, only on April 15, or the fifth day of the 7-day dangerous period starting April 11, 69 people died and 589 were injured in a total of 552 road accidents in single day on Sunday.

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Most fatal accidents were blamed on drink driving (42.03%), and speeding (25.72%).

Motorcycle crashes recorded most of the road accidents (78.53%).

Chiang Mai had the highest road accidents of 20 cases, and highest injuries of 27, while Chonburi had the highest death toll of six yesterday.

For the five-day period from April 11 to 15, the centre said there were 3,001 road accidents, 323 deaths, and 3,140 injuries.

Chiang Mai had the highest accumulated accidents of 119 cases, and 136 injuries in the past five days, while Nakhon Ratchasima recorded the highest death toll of 19.

For drink driving offence, the centre said 21,829 drivers were arrested.

It said although more drink drivers were arrested, road accidents remained on the increase.

It added that as today will be the last day of the long Songkran holidays, more safety checks will still be strictly enforced to ensure people safe return to the capital.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)