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6,273 die on Thailand’s roads during the first 5 months of 2020

by Shéa Robinson
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6,273 die on Thailand's road during the first 5 months of 2020
Photo: Pinoy Thaiyo

Despite the country being in lockdown throughout most of March, April, and May, road deaths in Thailand have still averaged more than 1,200 per month over the first five months of 2020.

The horrifying figures show just how dangerous Thailand’s notorious roads continue to be with an average of 41 road deaths every single day so far this year.

While a comparison with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is not entirely fair as the figures represent two unrelated subjects, there have been 57 covid-19 related deaths in total in Thailand since the pandemic began.

In fact, if Thailand’s road deaths were placed in the table of worldwide coronavirus deaths, the country would sit in 12th place ahead of the Netherlands and behind Canada.

If the total number of injuries related to road accidents so far this year in Thailand (395,381) was placed in the table of worldwide coronavirus cases, Thailand would sit in fourth above Spain and behind Russia.

There are many ways to express road traffic injuries and deaths across Thailand in shocking ways.

The number of injuries caused by road accidents averages 107 every hour, or almost two every minute over the first five months of this year.

There have been almost two road deaths per hour on average between January 1st and May 30th.

The province with the highest number of road deaths so far this year is Bangkok with 358, followed by Korat with 222, Chonburi with 215, Chiang Mai with 193, and Udon Thani with 166.

The trend is already continuing in June. As of 2.30 pm on June 1st, 24 people have died on the roads today alone. A further 1,429 people have been injured.

With more restrictions being lifted from today leading to more people returning to work, and little being done to tackle the dangers on Thailand’s roads, these figures are very likely to increase at an even faster rate throughout the second half of the year.

Source: Thai RSC