Every year during the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran, the Thai Government posts a daily tally from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and every year the Thai Government lies about the number of road deaths in Thailand.
This lie is perpetuated in all of the almost-English online dailies since no one has the balls to ask a Thai Government Official for the real road death toll during the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran.
Yesterday’s road death toll for Day One of the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran shows 39 people died even though the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010 says that there is an average of 72 road deaths daily – so one would expect more than “average” during a holiday when the roads are jammed, people violate the law like in the above photo and the Thai Police fail to enforce the law, and the majority of revelers are drunk.
Here is a perfect example of how the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran lies continue to get publishedand no one questions the numbers:
Last year, 78.71% of the 2,828 recorded crashes involved motorcycles. For the six years before that, the figure stood about 80%. Road safety experts say helmets, safe-riding practices and ensuring young , unqualified riders stay off their motorbikes over Songkran could dramatically help cut the death toll. That toll is disappointingly stagnant. The department put the number of deaths last year at 323. In four of the past seven years there were more than 350 deaths, and only once was there fewer than 300 .
The Thai Government failed to report the accident in Chanthaburi Province where 8 Cambodians died at the scene and two more in the hospital. Why? Because they weren’t Thai? Because they were Cambodian? To save face and the precious image of Thailand? I just now got the road death tally from Day Two of the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkranand the Thai Government is reporting an additional 63 road deaths for a total of 102 for the first two days.
I wonder how many really die during the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran.
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