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48 killed and 411 injured in road accidents on Songkran Day

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Forty-eight people were killed and 411 others were injured in road accidents on Saturday, bringing the total dead and injured for three days of Songkran to 116 and 968 respectively in 936 road accidents.

40.05% of the accidents were caused by speeding, 27.81% involved drunk driving and 16.84% were caused by cutting in. 85.50% of the accidents involved motorcycles and 81.63% occurred on straight routes.

Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla provinces recorded the highest number of road accidents in three days, at 19 each. Bangkok had the highest death toll in the three days, with eight, while Songkhla had 45 injured.

Chaiwat Chuntirapong, director-general of the Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said today that officials had adjusted preventive measures, to correspond with the realities on the ground, by focusing on secondary roads and communities, where motorcyclists tend to engage in speeding, without wearing crash helmets and after drinking alcohol.

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