The head of Thailand’s anti drink- driving foundation has pulled no punches in comments about the appalling state of the nation’s roads.
Dr Thaejing Siripanich told Daily News that it was common knowledge that at least 24,000 people died each year in road accidents.
And he put the number of people injured at a staggering ONE MILLION per annum saying that ten per cent of these end up being disabled in some way.
Dr Thaejing said that the situation led to untold misery for the population with people robbed of life and a proper existence due to the carnage.
Not surprisingly he laid the blame for much of the death and injury at the door of drink- driving.
He was speaking ahead of a drink drive campaign that will be mounted in Bangkok on Friday to coincide with the annual Loy Krathong celebrations. Loy Krathong is the traditional candle-lit boat floating festival.
Dr Thaejing said that it was widely accepted that accidents increase at various festival times and he cited New Year, Chinese New Year, Songkran and Loy Krathong.
At the one day Loy Krathong festival last year there were 189 dead and 19,869 injured on the roads. In addition there were 48 water related deaths…