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.