Thailand’s Dangerous Roads
In Thailand, road accidents cause about one death every hour, 38 deaths per 100,000 per year, ranks 3 in the world and Asia’s deadliest. Thailand actually ranks worst in the world for Motorcycle casualties with more than 70% of the country’s road fatalities. 26,000 traffic deaths per year, and hundreds of thousands of injured victims, many of which are permanently crippled or disabled.
No Saftey warning traffic cones for the parked truck. The driver shifted to the right lane so abruptly to avoid hitting a pedestrian that she could not see the truck ahead
In terms of damage (lost working days and productivity, medical care, property and vehicular damage, travel time delay and administrative costs), road accidents would bleed away approximately 3% of the country’s GDP; it has been estimated that the total cost is more than 200 billion Baht per year.
The two most dangerous times of the year on the road are the Thai new year of Songkran (April) and the New Year (December/January). They are named “the seven deadliest days”. The rate of fatalities in Thailand doubles to 52 per day, or about 2 deaths every hour.
1/3 of all traffic accidents are connected with using Yaba
- Methamphetamines are widely used and abused in Thailand. The drug is known as yaba, which means “crazy medicine” in Thai. The term yaba usually refers to a combination of methamphetamines and caffeine also known as Nazi speed. According to official figures, more than 1 billion amphetamines pills are sold annually and 300,000 people are addicted. By one count there are 3 million regular users (5 percent of the population), making Thais the world’s large per capita consumers of the drug.
- Yaba is used a lot by long-distance bus and truck drivers who needs to make sure they stay awake during their all-night runs. For a long time it was sold openly at trucks stops next to cigarettes and caffeine drinks.
These deadly accidents can be reduced dramatically by attacking these major issues
- Yaba abuse by drivers.
- No helmets while riding motorcycles.
- The people with magic tattoos who think they are invisible and protected from harm, bullets and accidents.
- The lack of safety standards on Thailand’s roads.