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    Seven Dangerous Days Road Safety Command Center Officially Opens

    BANGKOK – Thailand’s Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paojinda has inaugurated a road safety and accident prevention command center, established for the so-called Seven Dangerous Days from April 11th – 17th.


    The center will coordinate with all sectors to ensure traffic laws are enforced rigorously during Songkran holidays to curb accidents. It will also work with local communities and volunteer networks across the nation to prevent accidents on minor roads, in addition to highways.


    Gen Anupong has instructed provincial authorities to promote traditional Songkran festivities, as well as tourist safety. Medical teams should also be on standby to respond quickly to any emergency.


    The Ministry of the Interior this year is reportedly placing a greater emphasis on reducing the number of accidents across the country, as opposed to making casualty estimates. The agency will focus on 198 accident-prone districts.


    Six road safety measures will also be implemented to reduce risks related to human error and mechanical failure, as well as to promote tourist and water transport safety over the holidays.



    https://www.chiangraitimes.com/seven...lly-opens.html

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    Songkran kicks off with 2,700 charges of drunk driving

    More than 3,000 motorists were found to be driving while drunk on the first of the so-called “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran holiday.

    A junta spokeswoman said on Thursday that 156 vehicles were seized the day before and 2,716 motorcyclists and other drivers were charged with drunk driving.


    Deputy spokeswoman Col Sirichan Ngathong said stepped-up spot checks on roads had identified 3,339 cases of drunk driving.



    More than 1,860 of those cases involved motorcyclists, she said, and 105 motorcycles were seized and 356 driving licences were confiscated.




    Authorities arrested 1,457 motorcyclists who will be going to court, while the rest were fined.


    The remainder of the cases involved private cars and transport vehicles, with 41 vehicles seized and 82 driving licences confiscated.


    A total of 1,259 motorists face charges in court and the rest were fined.

    Songkran kicks off with 2,700 charges of drunk driving

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    First day of Songkran claims 39 lives and 461 injuries in road accident

    Thirty nine people were killed and 461 injured on the first of the “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran traditional New Year holiday travel on the country’s roads, officials said on Thursday (Apr 12).



    According to the National Road Safety Center, the first day of the “seven dangerous days” from April 11-17, has now claimed 39 lives and 461 injuries in a total of 447 traffic accidents in a single day.



    Drink driving remained the cause of most accidents or 40.49%, followed by speeding 26.62%.



    Motorcycles are vehicles that involved in most traffic accidents or 81.96%, while most accidents happened on straight section of highways or 61.30%, secondary roads 39.15%, and rural roads 38.48%.



    The centre said most accidents happened between 4.00pm– 20.00pm.



    It said most dead and injured victims aged 50 and over, or 28.40%.



    It said a total of 2,031 traffic checkpoints manned by 65,413 officials were set up, and 678,566 vehicles were ordered checked.



    A total of 128,260 persons were booked for traffic violations, breaking down to 35,582 for not wearing helmets, and 35,090 for driving unsafe motorcycles.



    Chiang Rai was recorded with highest traffic accidents (18 cases), and highest injuries (18 persons).



    The provinces with highest death toll are Aumnart Charoen (2 cases), Loei (2 cases), Nakhon Si Thammarat (2 cases), Nakhon Panom (2 cases), Buri Ram (2 cases), Chon Buri (2 cases), and Phetchabun (2 cases).


    First day of Songkran claims 39 lives[at]and 461 injuries[at]in road accident - Thai PBS English News

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    Years ago, how did they all brainlessly kill themselves during songkran, before cars arrived in Thailand?

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    Almost 60,000 drink drivers nabbed in two days of Songkran festival

    Officials arrested almost 60,000 drink drivers and seized 535 cars as well as 940 motorcycles on roads across the country on Wednesday and Thursday, Colonel Sirichan Ngathong, deputy spokesperson of the National Council for Peace and Order, told the media on Friday(Apr 13).


    Of the 59,390 arrested drink drivers, officials decided to charge 38,546 alleged offenders of driving under the influence of alcohol in a risky way which may cause road accidents. Also 4,628 driving licenses of both motorists and motorcyclists as well as 1,475 vehicles, comprising 535 cars and 940 motorcycles were impounded.


    Colonel Sirichan said that owners of the impounded vehicles could claim them back after the end of Songkranfestival.


    On Thursday alone which marked the official beginning of the Songkran festival, altogether 56,051 drink drivers were arrested, representing 20 times increase of the number of drink drivers caught on Wednesday.


    The deputy spokesperson said that the authorities would to strictly enforce safe driving measure, especially on the main roads to ensure safety for the motorists, bikers and public transport commuters.

    Almost 60,000 drink drivers nabbed in two days of Songkran festival - Thai PBS English News

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    Wow! Nearly 60,000 dui cases in one day. Anyone would think that no-one is taking these laws seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Anyone would think that no-one is taking these laws seriously.
    ...which laws are those?...

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    So who's the leader for deaths?

    My guess is Chiang Mai will be seeking to keep top spot again.

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    Obviously it's no surprise that motorcycles are first on the cretin's conveyor belt, but 82% of accidents involving one...Sheeeit!

    Also it appears that fewer than 15% of vehicles are impounded. I'm guessing PC Plodprasop doesn't drive offenders home...so they just carry on their journey.

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    Tragic though enforcement better than years ago.

    A heady mix Thai blokes and fast cars.

    I doubt a fraction of the drivers were drunken women or on a buffalo.

    In a nation of irresponsible non safety conscious change will be slow.

    Drink drive and one for the road was normal in developed countries a generation ago.

    A serious regime with unlimited powers is a unique position to enforce remedies, via bans, no insurance or fines , I doubt they'll bother
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    The ones he is talking about dummy

    ..which laws are those?...

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    ...^*whooooosh*...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Wow! Nearly 60,000 dui cases in one day. Anyone would think that no-one is taking these laws seriously.

    Drunken savages.
    Nothing worse.

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    We decided to go and get the granddaughter this afternoon. A mere 30 minute drive through the back roads of our little valley and one imagined it wouldn't be too bad.
    I speak as one who abhors Songkran and have been known to drive straight at the adults who think it fun.
    So, she's a bit worried but I assure her I'll behave.
    We set off and sure enough the kids on the sides of the road are doing their thing and there seems to be fewer drunken adults involved.
    So all good.
    Then, within 15 minutes we get to the nitty gritty of the problem.
    Pickups, loaded with 45 gallon cans of water plus anything up to 15 kids, screaming in convoy from the mountains behind our place and heading for Chiang Kong and beyond.
    I don't think I've ever seen driving like it.
    Totally mad with small children hanging on for dear life to the various bars in the back of the pick up.
    I was astonished until she explained.
    HMONG
    The infamous Hmong folk had descended to the valley and were out to prey upon their friends and relatives and any one else wielding a bucket.
    The battle commenced.
    We finally got to the grand kids place, strapped her in and then set off for an obligatory visit to the Tesco Lotus for ice cream.
    Once again, on the highway into Chiang Kong we experienced the delight of pickups with 10-15 kids and adults screaming along and showering all and sundry.
    There was no doubt that it was an organised blitzkrieg as when I overtook a couple of overloaded pickups they then executed the most outrageous maneuvers to get back into convoy.

    Thankfully we lost them when we got to Tesco Lotus.

    A relatively quiet hour or two wandering the aisles of the mall, I've never seen it so busy, and, ice cream purchased, we set off for home.

    Fuck me dead we pick up the same mob of trucks heading back to the mountains behind our valley.

    4 or 5 police check points and nary a truck stopped for over loading. We didn't see any tests for drunkenness and when we actually asked a friendly cop we know why they weren't stopping these lunatics his response was, and I kid you not,

    "We'll arrest them when they crash"

    So, that's it for me once again. Clean the car, lock the doors and hide until it's all over.

    Fucking insanity.

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    Happy New Year JJ you survived, Monday 'll be even crazier here it's the regatta

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    Songkran traffic death toll climbs to 188 in 3 days



    As celebration of the Songkran water continued today for the third day, death toll from traffic accidents on highways and secondary roads nationwide relevant to the festivities now climbed to 188 with 1,943 injuries.


    Only in a single day yesterday, April 13, 86 people were killed, and 852 injured in 820 cases of traffic accidents.


    The Road Safety Centre said that in total, 188 people were killed, and 1,934 were injured in three days of the 7-day dangerous period beginning April 11-17 of the Songkran festival.


    It said authorities took notes of 1,846 cases of traffic accidents from April 11 to 13.


    Road Safety Centre spokesman Pol Maj Gen Ekarak Limsangkart said drink driving remained the key cause of most traffic accidents (47.56%), following by speeding (27.44%), while motorcycle crashes recording the highest fatal accidents (78.66%).


    He said 64.51% of fatal crashes happened in straight sections of roads, 36.95% in rural roads, and 36.83% in provincial highways.


    Traffic accidents happened mostly between 16.01 – 20.00 hrs and most fatalities were of ages 30-39 (29.02%).


    He said a total 172,294 traffic offenders were arrested, 50,197 of which for not wearing helmets, and 45,485 for driving with no licences.


    Chiang Mai recorded the highest accumulated accident cases of 65, and accumulated injuries of 70 people, while Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, and Phetchabun had the highest death crashes of eight each.


    Songkran traffic death toll climbs to 188 in 3 days[at] - Thai PBS English News

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    So, that's it for me once again. Clean the car, lock the doors and hide until it's all over.
    Yeah. I did my Songkran celebrations Thursday. Drove down to Hang Dong and saw crowds of overexcited drunkards lining the highways. Amazing how they will run out across two lanes to splash a motorbike who is trying to avoid them by traveling in the fast lane. It is nuts.

    Drove back home Friday morning before they got going again.

    Locked the gate. Turned on the air. Surviving on hamburgers, pizza, and beer until Tuesday.

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    And I didn't see a single overloaded pick up stopped by the cops or breathalyzed or even really talked too.

    They were just waved on with a smile.

    There will be unknown fatalities on the roads up here over the next few days and most of them will be kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    I'm guessing PC Plodprasop doesn't drive offenders home...so they just carry on their journey.
    Well that's what happens when they fail a driving test

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    Can't see what the fuss is about; drink, drive, cause an accident, lose your car, pay the victims, go to jail.

    Or is Thailand too civilised to combat road deaths by holding those responsible responsible?

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    I have to say I couldn't really give a toss if the morons wipe themselves out.

    I care, of course for the kids that get wiped out after the adults have told them it's OK to cram into the back of a Ute and set off screaming around the lanes enthused with the aquatic orgasmic delights of Songkran.

    But WTF the parents/adults did the deal.

    What I do have a problem with is the extreme likelihood of them wiping out others who are simply going about their business in a civilized and orderly manner.

    Folks like me and my granddaughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy As Larry View Post
    Well that's what happens when they fail a driving test
    Driver's testing.
    Where?

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    Chiang Mai recorded the highest accumulated accident cases of 65, and accumulated injuries of 70 people, while Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, and Phetchabun had the highest death crashes of eight each.
    Still time to get that top spot....

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Still time to get that top spot....

    Rather exciting.
    Even more so when wagering lines are included.

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    Some smartass government official will soon announce that tourists are the cause of so many deaths



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