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Thailand nearly doubles Cambodia in vehicle accident deaths.

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2017 figures...Cambodia 2961 deaths

                         Thailand 21,539      "

                         Philippines 10,767  "

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This report is from 7 December 2018, Molly's is from 2017.  The one from CNN (Thailand's roads, the most lethal in Southeast Asia)

is dated January 4, 2019.

Appears that the data for Thailand has escalated in the year.

Thailand tops Asean road death table

published : 7 Dec 2018 at 20:20 in the Bangkok Post


Thailand far outpaces its Southeast Asia neighbours when it comes to road accidents and fatalities. (Photo from Sawang Rescue Kamphaeng Phet Facebook account)

Thailand far outpaces its Southeast Asia neighbours when it comes to road accidents and fatalities. (Photo from Sawang Rescue Kamphaeng Phet Facebook account)

Thailand’s roads are the deadliest in Southeast Asia and among the worst in the world for vehicle accidents and fatalities, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Friday.

The report showed the death rate per 100,000 population in Thailand was 32.7, far ahead of Vietnam which came second at 26.7. Singapore was the safest at 2.8. (see graphic).

The figure for Thailand was up marginally from 32.6 in the last WHO survey three years ago, when the country had the second-highest road fatality rate in the world, behind only Libya.

The road-death rate in Libya fell to 26.1 per 100,000 in the latest survey. Only a handful of countries worldwide fared worse than Thailand oin the new survey, among them Liberia at 35.9 and Democratic Republic of Congo at 33.7.

Only Brunei was not included among Southeast Asian states surveyed in the WHO's Global Status Report on Road Safety, based on a comprehensive analysis of data from 2016.

The high fatality rate of the country made the average rates of road traffic death per 100,000 people in Southeast Asia to 20.7, slightly up from its previous survey of 19.8 in 2013.

By region, only Africa had more road deaths per 100,000, at 26.6, according to this year's report. The safest place was Europe, with 9.3 deaths for every 100,000 people.

The survey collected information from 175 countries.


Motorcyclists and their passengers accounted for 74% of all road deaths in Thailand, against just 6% for passengers in cars and light vehicles, according to figures gathered from the Disease Control Department. Pedestrains and cyclists each accounted for 8% of the deaths, the WHO said.

The report said the high toll was a consequence of weak law enforcement in Thailand against drink-driving, helmet wearing for motorcyclists and riders, and seat-belt usage.

Only 51% of motorcycle drivers and 20% of passengers wore safety helmets in the country, while 58% of car drivers and 40% of front-seat passengers fastened their seat belts, it said.

Why people keep dying on Thailand's roads, the most lethal in Southeast Asia

By Kocha Olarn and Helen Regan, CNN


Updated 0209 GMT (1009 HKT) January 4, 2019

Motorists wait at a traffic light in Bangkok on November 29, 2018.
Motorists wait at a traffic light in Bangkok on November 29, 2018.

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)Driving in Thailand can be a hair-raising experience at the best of times, but during the country's so-called "seven dangerous days" over the New Year holiday motorists take their lives in their hands.

Authorities say the one-week festive period is marred by an increase in crashes, deaths and injuries as Thais travel to visit friends and family.
Efforts to crack down on the causes of those crashes -- drunk driving, corrupt cops and general weak enforcement of traffic laws -- have so far proved ineffective. Between December 27 and January 2, a total of 463 people died in 3,791 traffic accidents, pretty much on par with last year's 423 deaths, according to the country's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.
The World Health Organization estimated 22,941 people die each year in traffic-related incidents in Thailand, making its roads the deadliest in Southeast Asia.
That's an average of 62 deaths every day, according to the WHO's 2018 report on global road safety -- just slightly fewer than the average deaths over the New Year period of 66 per day.
The vast majority of those deaths -- 73% -- are riders of motorcycles, which have exploded in numbers over the past few decades to become the most popular form of transport for most households in the country.

Lack of enforcement

One of the biggest obstacles to safer roads is poor enforcement of traffic rules. The Interior Ministry's Road Safety Thailand unit said the majority of deaths during this New Year period (41.5%) were caused by drunk driving and 28% by speeding.
The northern province of Chiang Mai, which reported the second largest number of incidents this New Year period, with 16 deaths, is a case in point.
In recent years the number of police traffic stops around the provincial capital of the same name has increased and there are more signs ordering motorcyclists to wear helmets.
But in many areas of the city it seems the traffic stops are more about making money than road safety. It is common to see drivers in Chiang Mai being stopped by police for failing to produce a driving license or wear a helmet, only to jump back on their bikes and drive away once they've paid a "fine".
Nikorn Jumnong, former Deputy Transport Minister and Chairman of the People's Safety Foundation, told CNN that if road safety is to be improved, this kind of corruption needs to stop.
"That is one of our main problems, and it is a two-way problem. Corrupt law enforcers see loopholes (in the law) and the commuters are not following the law too," he said.
Nationwide, just over half of motorcycle drivers wear a helmet and a mere 20% of pillion passengers, and only 58% of car drivers wear seatbelts, according to the WHO report.
While those figures are an improvement on a decade ago, the WHO estimated that if everyone wore a helmet it could prevent 40% of deaths.
In addition to the failure to wear helmets and seatbelts, speeding, drunk driving, and a lack of restraints for children are among the biggest risks to road safety.
"We need to change the DNA (of the country) and our instinct to follow the laws," Nikorn said. "Education on law enforcement is the key. We have so many laws and I think they are good and more than enough. But it is all about enforcement."
Thailand is making some progress. The number of road deaths has decreased from 36.2 per 100,000 people in 2015 to 32.7 out of every 100,000 in the WHO's latest report.

A 'pandemic'

Thailand is not the only nation struggling to make its roads safer. The risk of a road traffic death is three times higher in poorer countries than in more affluent nations.
In Vietnam, 111 people died in 147 accidents during the four days between December 29 and January 1, traffic police said, according to local media.
Worldwide, road accidents have been labeled a "pandemic" by the Pulitzer Center and are the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages, ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, recent WHO figures show -- with 1.35 million people globally dying on the roads in 2016.
"Road safety is an issue that does not receive anywhere near the attention it deserves -- and it really is one of our great opportunities to save lives around the world," Michael R Bloomberg, Founder and CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies and WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries, said in a statement.
"We know which interventions work. Strong policies and enforcement, smart road design, and powerful public awareness campaigns can save millions of lives over the coming decades."
The WHO report points out that progress has been made in certain areas, such as legislation. But it has not been fast enough to meet the UN goal of halving road traffic deaths between 2016 and 2020.


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Would you not of expected Thailand to have more road accidents, don't worry with Cambodia being smaller country, population and less transport in all senses it has the chance being the developing country to learn by the problems of others, such as it's close neighbour. But! 

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Phnom Penh Kick-Starts Japanese Traffic Management System


AKP Phnom Penh, August 12, 2019—


Phnom Penh capital has launched the Japanese Traffic Management System in order to further address traffic issues in the most populated area of Cambodia.

The recent official ceremony to kick-start the traffic management system was co-chaired by Phnom Penh governor H.E. Khuong Sreng and H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia.

Through the project, according to Japanese Embassy, “Japan provided advanced traffic management system and trainings to the technical officers” in order to effectively handle the traffic.

It continued that the system will not only contribute to resolving traffic congestion issues, but also promote living standards and environment for Phnom Penh’s residents.


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