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Loy Krathong 2nd Only to Songkran for Thailand Road Deaths

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More people are killed on Thai roads on Loy Krathong than on any other holiday except for Songkran and this year likely will be no different.

Thaejing Siripanit, secretary-general for the Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation said his group is concerned about that road deaths this  weekend could be higher than in 2019 when 161 people were killed and 8,205 injured during the Loy Krathong festival. While the holiday is today, the Yi Peng festival runs through Sunday.

Most deaths are related to driving while under influence of alcohol and involve motorbikes, he said.

Thaejing warned motorists to beware of road accidents related to drunk driving, speeding and using mobile phones while driving.

Motorbike riders and passengers riding pillion are urged to wear helmets to reduce the risk of devastating head injuries.

He said about 80 percent of those killed in road accidents did not wear helmets.