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Thai media continues with “Cut the Carnage” campaign as death toll mounts on Thai roads

Daily News continue to press ahead with their year round campaign to lower road accidents.

Their “Cut the Carnage” campaign records the death toll on a daily basis in attempts to prompt the authorities to do something about the state of Thailand’s roads.

But their figures for death from accidents should be treated with caution – they only refer to those that die at the scene of accidents.

Thaivisa notes that the reality is much worse when it includes those that succumb in hospitals.

Daily News said that the death toll since the start of the year now stands at 12,541.

Some 44 people died yesterday alone at the scene of accidents.

In the last four days since the start of December the figures were 43 on Friday, 33 on Saturday and 31 on Sunday.

The news organisation further cautioned that the weekend’s figures would rise as reports are not made from some areas until Tuesday.

Even so they put the December figure as 151 dead so far.

Figures show that road accidents are up on last year, said Thaejing Siriphanich of an anti drink-drive foundation.

Their “video accident of the day” showed a minor but all too common accident. Three bikes pile into each other as the the leading vehicle brakes suddenly as they race through dense traffic.

The man on the third bike apologizes: “Sorry, khrap….you braked so sharply I couldn’t stop”.

Thai Visa / Daily News

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