282 Road Deaths During Songkran festival in Thailandon April 17, 2012 at 9:47 PM
Bangkok: Thailand New Year saw 282 deaths and 3,059 injured in road accidents during the first six days (April 11-16) – compared to 188 deaths and 2,786 injuried in 2,584 accidents over the same period last year.
Most Thais people go to their domestic villages to celebrate Songkran or water festival like to Holi. The enjoy lets throw pails of ice water on passerbys and blot them with talcum powder.The festival also sees a wedge in wine consumption.
The Calamity Prevention and Extinguishing Department said 282 people were killed in a total of 2,872 road accidents over six days of the “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran holidays.
Drunk driving remained the major cause of accidents.