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    59 Killed, 976 Injured In First Two Days of Songkran Festival

    BANGKOK, April 13, 2011 - Fifty-nine persons died and 976 were injured in road accidents across Thailand during the first two of this year's Songkran festival’s “seven dangerous days,” a senior transport ministry official said Wednesday.

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    What the!!!.... and this is down 48%!

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    I can imagine the traffic would be shocking, the people running all-over the place and the way they drive it really doesn't surprise me. It is very sad but it is really a recipe for disaster...

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    can just imagine a few Falangs.... super soaker in one hand beer in the other while humming along on a motorbike trying to keep their smoke alight while answering a call from last nights BG...555

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    That's shocking really. If something killed 59 people in 2 days... you'd normally ban it... that's worse than the riots....
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    59 Dead and 976 injured in Thailand.....

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    Nah............*nothing+just the road accident victims over New Year.
    And where the hell was Biggles.....?....when you needed him last Saturday....?

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    It is an amazing number of death's for just 2 days. Obviously they don't like these reports getting out, might stop tourist from coming at this time of year.

    The way they get so into it and carried away, it is understandable, but should be unaceptable.

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    I read this arvo it was 119........motor bike...beer....loa cal.....
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    This stat is nationwide, and I'm not sure how shocking that is. I just pulled some 2009 stats for the US, and in that year they 33,808 people were killed in traffic accidents. This included motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. That is an average of 92 traffic related deaths per day in the US. Canada had 2,889 traffic fatalities in 2006, and has half the population of Thailand. Canada's figure represents 9 traffic fatalities a day. Double that figure to better reflect the population of Thailand, and you have 18/day.
    The article stated that 59 died in the first 2 days of Songkran. If Canada had double the population, its 2 day average would be 36 deaths, which is not all that much better. Holidays are also peak accident periods in both the US and Canada as well, so factor in holiday peaks, and Songkran in Thailand is not any worse, and maybe better, then Christmas holidays in North America.

    Australia, with a population of aprox 20 million, had 1,627 road deaths in 2005.

    Another way to look at it is "traffic deaths per 100,000 population." In this instance Thailand dosn't look so great. The World Health Organization collects this data from all countries of the world, so these figures are easy to compare.

    United Kingdom is amazing, with only 3.59 deaths per 100,000.
    Netherlands has some of the best drivers in the world, with only 4.1.
    Germany is very close with 4.5.
    Australia does well at 6.8.
    Canada is not great at 9.2
    The United States is getting pretty dangerous at 12.3
    Thailand is scary at 19.6!

    However, if you were thinking of driving in South Africa, they have a traffic fatality rate of 33.2 per 100,000!

    The most dangerous place to be in the vicinity of motor vehicles in the world is Eritrea, which as a traffic fatality rate of 48.4!!

    Based on all that, Songkran is not doing too bad, all things being considered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanguy77 View Post
    This stat is nationwide, and I'm not sure how shocking that is. I just pulled some 2009 stats for the US, and in that year they 33,808 people were killed in traffic accidents. This included motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. That is an average of 92 traffic related deaths per day in the US. Canada had 2,889 traffic fatalities in 2006, and has half the population of Thailand. Canada's figure represents 9 traffic fatalities a day. Double that figure to better reflect the population of Thailand, and you have 18/day.
    The article stated that 59 died in the first 2 days of Songkran. If Canada had double the population, its 2 day average would be 36 deaths, which is not all that much better. Holidays are also peak accident periods in both the US and Canada as well, so factor in holiday peaks, and Songkran in Thailand is not any worse, and maybe better, then Christmas holidays in North America.

    Australia, with a population of aprox 20 million, had 1,627 road deaths in 2005.

    Another way to look at it is "traffic deaths per 100,000 population." In this instance Thailand dosn't look so great. The World Health Organization collects this data from all countries of the world, so these figures are easy to compare.

    United Kingdom is amazing, with only 3.59 deaths per 100,000.
    Netherlands has some of the best drivers in the world, with only 4.1.
    Germany is very close with 4.5.
    Australia does well at 6.8.
    Canada is not great at 9.2
    The United States is getting pretty dangerous at 12.3
    Thailand is scary at 19.6!

    However, if you were thinking of driving in South Africa, they have a traffic fatality rate of 33.2 per 100,000!

    The most dangerous place to be in the vicinity of motor vehicles in the world is Eritrea, which as a traffic fatality rate of 48.4!!

    Based on all that, Songkran is not doing too bad, all things being considered.
    That's cause we are very polite on the roads here... 555
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    Easter is by far the worst time on Australian Roads.
    If we are lucky the losses will be around 20 for the entire country.
    This year we are getting three days of public holidays around a weekend.

    But is it all about celebrating and partying? (Well in 2007 at least one was), some of the other circumstances though are very curious.


    This from 2007

    There were 26 deaths on Australian roads during the Easter break and despite the State governments blaming speed, the reality paints a different picture:

    1 person was killed after suffering a heart attack at the wheel (ACT)
    1 crashed into a tree after being awake for 3 days straight, smoking cannabis and drinking bourbon (WA)
    1 pedestrian was killed after lying on the middle of the road after an argument (WA)
    1 child was killed by a rubbish truck reversing (NSW)
    1 cyclist fell off his bike and was run over by a truck (VIC)
    3 army special forced counter terrorism personnel veered off a bridge into the water under what appear to be suspicious circumstances (VIC)

    1 person died after hitting the trailer of an oncoming vehicle (VIC)
    - Was the driver attempting to overtake and did not see the trailer?
    - Was there a severe wind that caused the trailer to sway into oncoming traffic?

    4 were motorcyclists (with less protection than a car)
    5 were where the driver was 68yo or older
    2 are head on collisions (Did the drivers take their eyes off the road?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanguy77 View Post
    This stat is nationwide, and I'm not sure how shocking that is. I just pulled some 2009 stats for the US, and in that year they 33,808 people were killed in traffic accidents. This included motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. That is an average of 92 traffic related deaths per day in the US. Canada had 2,889 traffic fatalities in 2006, and has half the population of Thailand. Canada's figure represents 9 traffic fatalities a day. Double that figure to better reflect the population of Thailand, and you have 18/day.
    The article stated that 59 died in the first 2 days of Songkran. If Canada had double the population, its 2 day average would be 36 deaths, which is not all that much better. Holidays are also peak accident periods in both the US and Canada as well, so factor in holiday peaks, and Songkran in Thailand is not any worse, and maybe better, then Christmas holidays in North America.

    Australia, with a population of aprox 20 million, had 1,627 road deaths in 2005.

    Another way to look at it is "traffic deaths per 100,000 population." In this instance Thailand dosn't look so great. The World Health Organization collects this data from all countries of the world, so these figures are easy to compare.

    United Kingdom is amazing, with only 3.59 deaths per 100,000.
    Netherlands has some of the best drivers in the world, with only 4.1.
    Germany is very close with 4.5.
    Australia does well at 6.8.
    Canada is not great at 9.2
    The United States is getting pretty dangerous at 12.3
    Thailand is scary at 19.6!

    However, if you were thinking of driving in South Africa, they have a traffic fatality rate of 33.2 per 100,000!

    The most dangerous place to be in the vicinity of motor vehicles in the world is Eritrea, which as a traffic fatality rate of 48.4!!

    Based on all that, Songkran is not doing too bad, all things being considered.
    Not sure if you relate these figures to amount of population... It would have to be against how many drivers or better still how many cars...
    If you take China for instance the percentage of the population that drives is far less than in America...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatongBeachBoy View Post
    Not sure if you relate these figures to amount of population... It would have to be against how many drivers or better still how many cars...
    If you take China for instance the percentage of the population that drives is far less than in America...
    Yep, there are many variables - you ain't comparing apples with apples when you add in other issues like relative safety of the vehicles - not many side airbags in a tuk-tuk etc - and passenger safety - look at the recent motorway tragedy - the girl survived but 7 or 8 died in the van she hit because they were not wearing seat belts
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    Distance travelled is another factor - many Australians drive regulary distances that persons in other countries only cover on their annual holidays....

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