It is that time of year again when the Thai Government pretends to care about the Thai people during the Seven Dangerous Days of New Year and, instead, winds up being responsible for hundreds of road deaths.
Last year, during the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran and also during the Seven Dangerous Days of New Year, road deaths in Thailand increased compared to the previous year using the brilliant ideas of the ruling junta.
Along with having the regular checkpoints that everyone knows the location of, the ruling junta decided to confiscate vehicles and drivers’ licences during the last two Seven Dangerous Days programs and the results were more Thais died than the previous same periods the year before.
During the Seven Dangerous Days of New Year last year, there were 11.44% more people killed than in 2015. And, this also marked an increase of 12.73% in the number of accidents and 12.5% in the number of injuries over the corresponding period last year. Congratulations junta.
During the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran in 2016 there were 442 road deaths and 3,447 road accidents nationwide in which 3,656 people were injured. During Songkran 2015 Seven Dangerous Days, 364 people were killed and 3,559 injured. Quite the increase in road deaths – more than 20%.
The Thai Government continues to do the same thing year in and year out and expects different results. Everyone knows that the majority of these reported road deaths during the Seven Dangerous Days are males, aged 18=30, on motorcycles, speeding while drunk on secondary roads.
Yet, the Thai Government sets up checkpoints on major intersections in the same locations every year. Yes, they nab numerous idiots with no helmets and no licenses but fail to curb the amount of road deaths.
Simple solutions are banning the use of motorcycles while providing shuttle services or even free taxi rides. A DD or Designated Driver program with the DD getting free soda or juice while swearing off the booze for one night.
Instead, the Thai Government continues to do what it does and will fail again this year. And, remember, in order to keep the numbers down the Thai Government only counts a road death if you died at the scene of the accident.
This means that no matter what, the number of reported road deaths during the Seven Dangerous Days of New Year will be way lower than the actual number.
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