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Drebbin
01-04-2005, 10:49 PM
( WELL, IF U HAVE NOT BEEN TO THAILAND, IT'S HARD TO TELL SOMEONE JUST HOW INSANE THE RIDERS ARE THERE.)

The Nation (Thailand)

January 3, 2005, Monday

HEADLINE: Motorcyclists top end-of-year road toll

BYLINE: The Nation.

BODY:
Motorcyclists top end-of-year road toll

Motorcyclists without safety helmets were the main victims of road accidents during the New Year holiday period.

Between December 29 and January 1, 290 people were killed on the roads and another 1,401 were injured, said Deputy Transport Minister Nikorn Chumnong yesterday.

Seventy-four-point-six per cent of the fatalities were motorcyclists, most in the 30-39-year age bracket, without helmets. The rest were drunk and speeding drivers, Nikorn said.

The deputy minister added that the road authorities would prepare for heavy traffic as people return to Bangkok by moving the checkpoints from secondary to main roads especially at junctions without traffic signals.

Among provinces, Chiang Mai had the most fatalities - 12 - followed by Nakhon Ratchasima and Bangkok with 11 each.

Police say more than 6,000 drivers were caught breaking road regulations, and nearly 3,000 were caught speeding.There were 829 cases of motorcycle drivers without safety helmets, 672 people not wearing safety belts and 110 cases of drunk-driving, police said.