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According to Thailand’s Accident Prevention Network the country’s high road fatality rates ranks it as the second deadliest country for commuters in the world. However the Accident Prevention Network believe that information is inaccurate and claim that Thailand should be declared the most dangerous nation in terms of road fatalities.
The APN claim that the government agencies have a different criteria for recording accidents. Police records are based on legal charges rather than hospital admissions in the case of the Public Health Ministry.
According to a report by the World Health Organisation the number of people reported as being killed on the roads in Thailand in 2012 was 14,059, the Ministry of Public Health say that that is equivalent to a road death rate of 36.2 people per 100,000. This rate was only overtaken by Libya where 73,4 people per 100,000 died on the roads in the same year. However WHO concluded that deaths on the roads in Thailand were in fact higher that had been reported and suggest the figures could be as high as 24.237 deaths a staggering 42% more than stated.
Attractions and hospitality are world class in Thailand but world class tourists destinations generally have better records when it comes to road safety. Travelers wishing to independently explore Thailand face daily reports of fatal road accidents and those who wish to travel with a tour group are faced with reports of catastrophic road accidents on a regular basis. As the country continues to present itself as a world-class tourist destination it is clear that a solution is required for the carnage on the roads.