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Rising traffic accidents with increasing injuries during this Songkran holiday

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Drunk driving and speeding are the main causes of STIP, as road accidents, injuries and deaths continue to rise over the Songkran holiday. For example, there were 331 accidents in the country last Wednesday, compared to 301 on Tuesday and 237 the day before, according to figures released yesterday by the traffic department.

323 people were injured in traffic accidents on Wednesday, compared to 292 on Tuesday and 238 on Monday. But the death toll fell to 40, from 47 on Tuesday, to 26 on Monday.

Drunk driving and speeding were still cited as the main causes of accidents.

The so-called Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran’s road safety campaign kicked off Monday as travellers left major population centres for vacations or home visits during the Songkran festival, which ends next Sunday.

Police previously said 1,937 checkpoints have been set up for strict enforcement of the traffic law and 1,430 for alcohol testing, with about 80,000 officers on duty in all departments. In the first three days, 869 accidents, 113 deaths and 835 injuries were reported.

The provinces of Khon Kaen and Nakon Si Thammarat had each reported the most casualties, with the southern province also leading with 36 injured. Samut Sakhon had the highest number of road deaths from Monday to Wednesday with six.

The department’s director-general, Boontham Lertsukheekasem, said yesterday that the focus is shifting to tackling road accidents on secondary routes as most travellers have now reached their home or tourist destination.

He expected more accidents to happen on minor roads by the time people returned at the end of the holiday.

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