Rayong has the highest death toll from road accidents last year

Rayong ranks the country’s top province with the highest number of deaths from road accidents at the rate of 72.2 out of a population of 100,000 in the road safety report for 2016 released on Monday (Nov 13).

The report which is the third of its kind was jointly conducted by King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang campus and the Centre for the Study of Road Safety.

KMITL lecturer Preeda Chaturapong, one of the writers of the report, said that besides Rayong, the other nine provinces with high road accident death toll rates are Sa Kaeo with 69.0 out of 100,000; Chon Buri, 58.7 out of 100,000; Chanthaburi, 57.8 out of 100,000; Nakhon Nayok, 56.3 out of 100,000; Prachin Buri, 55.9 out of 100,000; Saraburi, 54.8 out of 100,000; Lop Buri, 54.8 out of 100,000; Prachuab Khiri Khan, 54.3 out of 100,000 and Petchaburi, 53.1 out of 100,000.

Bangkok, meanwhile, ranks top of the 10 bottom provinces with low rate of road fatalities, 14.3 out of 100,000 followed by Yala, 17.2 out of 100,000; Mae Hong Son, 18.2 out of 100,000; Satun, 18.3 out of 100,000; Amnat Charoen, 18.4 out of 100,000; Pattani, 20.1 out of 100,000; Si Sa Ket, 21.8 out of 100,000; Narathiwat, 22.4 out of 100,000; Sukhothai, 23.0 out of 100,000 and Nan, 23.6 out of 100,000.

Mr Preeda said that the fatality rate from road accidents in Rayong at 72.2 out of 100,000 is higher than Libya which ranks the world’s Number One spot with the highest number of deaths from road accidents.

Altogether last year, death toll from road accidents stood at 22,356 compared to 19,479 a year earlier. Three-fourth of the dead victims were male and most of them were in the 15-29 age group.

Comparing the death toll in a province with the number of cars registered there, Bangkok ranks top with the least number of deaths, followed by Phuket, Yala, Satun, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Nan, Ranong, Amnat Charoen and Phichit.

Comparing the report last year with the report in 2014, the top five provinces which made improvements in reducing death toll are Tak, Chumphon, Prachin Buri, Nakhon Sawan and Phuket.

The report was based on data from three main sources: death certificates from Public Health Ministry, the National Police Office, and insurance companies.