Thailand’s roads are lethal

BANGKOK, 27 November 2017: Thailand’s Don’t Drink Drive Foundation reports that almost 2,500 more people have died in road accidents in Thailand’s when compared with 2016.

The foundation claims 61 people are killed every day on Thailand’s road according to a report postex on Thai Visa. com, Sunday.

Based on the foundation’s estimates 9,666 people died at the scene of road accidents, last year. However, so far this year deaths at the  accident site have reached 12,078.

However, according to ‘Thai News Agency’ that is campaigning for safer roads, the estimates only counts deaths at the road accident scene and not those who die on the way to or at a hospital.

According to the foundation the full extent of the road carnage will not be known until early next year when all deaths, reported at the accident scene, or later.

In 2016 road fatalities reached  22,356 – that was 2,877 more than 2015 which stood at 19,479.

Thai News Agency also identified a high number of minivans involved in fatal road accidents.

There were 217 minivan accidents between January and September this year, compared to 226 in total in 2016.

The report says that already this year 107 people have died in accidents involving minivans, compared to 130 deaths in 2016.

Poor maintenance,  bursting tires, fires, drivers falling asleep while driving and speeding were among the main causes of minivan accidents.

The minivans are not a stable form of transport at the best of times. They are mainly sold by Toyotta Motors without any speed governors and critics say they are over powered and driven by people who have no specialised driving skills to operate a commercial vehicle with 12 passengers.

Visitors should avoid using the inter-city minivan services. They are notorious for speeding and reckless driving.  If the minivans belong to reputable travel companies they will  be more likely to have proper insurance and reliable drivers.  But nothing can be taken for granted as many tour companies sub-contract transport to a third party.