THAILAND: Top traffic cop: 73% of accidents due to driver error

Rescue workers try to remove bodies trapped in a pickup truck after it crashed into a tree in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Muang district. (Bangkok Post photo)

In a finding that likely is no surprise to anyone who has driven on Thai roads, most vehicle crashes are caused by driver error, not weather or road conditions, the country’s top traffic cop says. Highway Police Division commander Pol Maj Gen Somchai Kaosamran said Thursday driver behaviour was responsible for 73% of road accidents. He did not cite the source of the statistic. Most road crashes resulted due to speeding and driving in the left lane, not bad roads or weather. Motorists involved in crashes broke traffic rules and ignored warning signs and signals, he said.

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We are all supposed to know that, and what measures are being taken at last????

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