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New Year Death Toll Hits 316 on Thailand’s Roads

A Chiang Mai police breathalyzer shows a 0.175% blood-alcohol level for a drunk driver stopped in the northern province Saturday. Police mercifully masked his face.
A Chiang Mai police breathalyzer shows a 0.175% blood-alcohol level for a drunk driver stopped in the northern province Saturday. Police mercifully masked his face.

The death toll on Thailand’s roads rose to 316 on Sunday with the announcement that 49 more people died and 379 injured on the fifth of the “seven dangerous days” of the New Year’s holidays.

As before, no one is interested in your comparisons with the country’s Covid-19 death toll.

The Road Safety Directing Center said total injuries for the period was 2,749 following 709 injuries and 80 deaths on New Year’s Day.

Nakhon Ratchasima, the gateway to the Northeast, led the death parade with 16 fatalities while Chiang Mai topped both the number of accidents at 97 and the count of injured at 99.

Motorcycles were involved in 82 percent of all accidents while drunk driving topped the list of causes for accidents at 35 percent. One man in Chiang Mai blew a 0.175 percent blood alcohol level on Saturday, more than three times the legal limit.

Speeding was blamed for a third of all accidents, including a man who plowed into an electricity pole in Pattaya.

Most accidnets occurred not overnight, but from 4-8 p.m.

High-profile counting of the road carnage ends after Monday when Thailand resumes killing itself on the road and barely paying attention.