During the Songkran holiday, 12,213 drivers were convicted of alcohol abuse in Thailand
In nearly 2,400 road accidents during the past Songkran holidays, 277 people were killed and 2,357 injured. Again, the main cause of the accident was drunk driving. Suriyan Hongvilai, a spokesman for the judiciary, said 12,664 offenders were brought to trial between April 10 and 16 and 12,627 cases were tried.
Of the total number of violations, 12,213 cases involved driving under the influence of alcohol, followed by driving without a license (816), driving under the influence of drugs (40) and reckless driving (34).
Nakhon Si Thammarat province reported the most accidents with 106, followed by Chiang Mai (77) and Songkhla (69). Pathum Thani had the most fatalities with 10, followed by Bangkok (9) and Chiang Mai (9). Drinking and drinking was cited as the cause of 36.6 per cent of all accidents during the holiday period, followed by speeding (28.3%) and lane changes (17.8%). Motorcyclists were involved in 79 per cent of the accidents.
Nearly half a million motorcyclists were charged for not wearing helmets, showing a valid driver’s license or for drivers not wearing seat belts.