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Road to Pattaya is Thailand’s MOST DANGEROUS

Road to Pattaya is Thailand’s MOST DANGEROUS

The chief of Thailand’s highways department has revealed data from the Highway Accident Information Management System (HAIMS) for the month of November.

Thai Rath noted that Chonburi was the “champion” province and Route 7 that runs from Bangkok to Pattaya was the worst road in the country for accidents.

Sorayuth Songsirilai said that in November there had been 1,335 accidents on his highways.

Of these there had been 241 deaths and 1,222 injuries involving 2,219 vehicles. The Highways’ Department had suffered losses of 12 million baht as a result.

Compared to November 2019 accidents were 10% up, deaths 5% down, injuries 9% up and 19% more vehicles had been involved.

Causes of accidents were speeding 69% (927 accidents), cutting in front at close quarters 8% (108), microsleep 6% (74) and defective equipment on vehicles 3% (37).

Accidents happened on straight stretches 71% (954 times), bends 11% (144), intersections 6% (78).

Vehicles involved in accidents were pick-ups 35% (783 times), cars 28% (621) and motorcycles 16% (366).

Worst region was the north with 25% of accidents followed by the North East 17% and the South 16%.

The top three worst provinces for accidents were Chonburi followed by Suphanburi and Bangkok metropolitan area.

The worst road was Route 7 with 51 accidents in November.

But the real death toll when all accidents are correlated is well in excess of 20,000 per year a figure that has been admitted in the past by DPM Prawit Wongsuwan.

Accident activists regularly put the figure between 24,000 and 26,000 per annum. – Thai Rath

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