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15 April 2014 :: 13:04:53 pm 84418

102 Killed, 893 Injured First 2 Days Of Songkran 2014

Songkran is a happy time for tourists visiting Thailand and locals alike. The Happy New Year in Thailand was not so happy for almost 1000 people in the land of smiles.
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THAILAND – April 14,2014; 102 were killed, and 893 injured in the first two days of Songkran, the Thai New Year. Every year a large number of people die in traffic accidents, mostly caused by reckless driving like speeding and drunk driving.

Most of the accidents involved motorcycles (80.75%) and pickup trucks (9.73%) and occurred during 4pm-8pm.
The Songkran Festival, Thailand’s traditional New Year celebrated every April, is popularly associated with water events, family reunions, and various festivities across the country. But it is also the period when road accidents shoot up that it is referred to by the police as the ‘Seven Dangerous Days’ of the New Year.

The government often campaigns for a ‘Zero Death Songkran’ but it has never succeeded. This year, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is hoping that the holiday period would be ‘Seven Happy Days’ with minimal road tragedies.

Reporter : eturbonews

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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