8,644 killed in road accidents so far this year

Policemen and rescue officials on the scene of a Monday afternoon crash in Chonburi where 23 died when a van collided with a truck.

A total of 8,644 people were killed in road accidents nationwide from Jan 1 – Aug 26 this year, Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation secretary-general Dr Taejing Siripanich revealed on Sunday.

Speaking to Daily News online, Dr Taejing said this unofficial figure was compiled by the foundation from daily reports from various networks campaigning for the prevention and reduction of road accidents throughout the country.

The monthly numbers of people killed in the road accidents were 947 in January, 850 in February, 1,281 in March, 1,388 in April, 1,124 in May, 1,128 in June, 1,021 in July and 911 from Aug 1-26.

Dr Taejing said the death toll from Jan 1 – Aug 26 was 8,644, adding that the figure was still unofficial. – Bangkok Post

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