THAILAND: Stop road slaughter

Now it’s official. Thailand’s roads have become the second-deadliest in the world, and that is a record we can hardly be proud of. The figures were released in the 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, published by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The ranking is based on the number of traffic-related deaths, which totalled 14,059 in 2012. And that translates to a road-death rate of 36.2 people per 100,000, compared to war-torn Libya which came No.1, with 73.4 people per 100,000 dying on its roads. In fact, the WHO questioned the figures which were from the Public Health Ministry. The organisation believes our road fatalities were much higher, at 24,237 deaths in 2012, or some 42% more than stated by the Health Ministry. Whatever the numbers are, they assure us of one fact: All the road safety campaigns conducted by state and non-state agencies over the past few years have been a total failure.

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