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Thailand’s roads second deadliest in the world: World Health Organization

Thailand has earned the dubious distinction as the country with the second most dangerous roads in the world.

Roads in Thailand are rubbishAccording to the 2015 Global Status Report of Road Safety by the World Health Organization (WHO), 14,059 people were killed in Thailand by road accidents in 2012 which is about 36.2 people per per 100,000 — the second highest rate in the world.

To put that in perspective, that’s about 39 people per day who die on our country’s treacherous roads.

With 32,476,977 vehicles registered in Thailand, riders of motorcycles and three-wheelers are by far the largest group to be killed in road accidents (73%) followed by passengers of 4-wheeled cars (7%) and drivers of 4-wheeled cars (6%).

This might result from the lack of safety precautions. WHO noted that Thailand’s national seat-belt law only applies to the driver and passenger in the front seats. The study finds that only 58% of drivers and 54% of front seat occupants use a seat belt.

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