World road toll – could Thailand move into first place?


World road toll – could Thailand move into first place?

Thailand is in danger of moving from its previous number two position in the world for fatal road accidents to number one. A new report on road safety from 2016 – 2017 shows road deaths in Thailand have risen by almost 3,000.

The Provincial Road Accident Prevention and Resolution Program and Road Safety Operation Centre has released a report that shows there were 22,356 road traffic deaths in 2016, up nearly, 3,000 from 2015’s toll.

The report indicates that the number of road deaths vary around the country and that the top 6 provinces with the most road deaths were all in the east:

• Rayong – 72 deaths
• Sa Kaew – 69
• Chonburi – 58
• Chanthaburi – 57
• Nakhon Naiyok – 56
• Prachinburi – 55
(Number are deaths per 100,000 people)

The report shows that 3 out of 4 people who died in road accidents were male. Men 15 – 29 years old were the most likely age-group to be in a fatal accident.

Bangkok was revealed as having the lowest number of road deaths – 14.30 per 100,000 people. Yala, Mae Hong Son, Satun, Amart Charoen and Pattani also had less than 20 deaths per 100,000 people.

The report says that 39% of road fatalities are on motorbikes, 5% are pedestrians and 1% were cyclists.

The latest compiled world reports place Thailand’s horrendous road toll – averaging 36 deaths per 100,000 people – as the second worst in the world with only Libya higher at a staggering 73 deaths per 100,000 people. But even with the additional 3,000 deaths over the past 12 months it’s hard to see Thailand pushing into first place in this shameful world statistic.

Globally, the average road death rate is 17.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Low-income countries have the highest annual road traffic fatality rates, at 24.1 per 100,000, while the rate in high-income countries is lowest, at 9.2 per 100,000.

Source: Phuket Gazette


  • Robins

    You hit a motorcycle (or other slower vehicle) from behind and you’re at fault. Don’t know why that concept is so difficult in Thailand. Start jailing drivers who recklessly kill motorcyclists.

    • Tony Akhurst

      Were will they get their tea money.?????

    • soidog

      Thai drivers are selfish,so danger ,other people,traffic lights have absolutely no meaning to them,they are lower on the evolutionary scale intellectually, they cannot grasp the concept of self preservation.

  • ken

    Any Thai apologist still disputing the fact that this is a wasteland? Such a pathetic mess of a country sinking lower and lower into irrelevancy.

  • ilovebangkok

    i wonder how much of a contribution to the figures do the poor state of many Thai roads make, if any ?

    • Sly

      It’d be some for sure but is it the road or that people fail to drive to conditions? Alcohol, poor training, no safety attitude (seat belts, helmets, baby seats, riding in the back of vehicles etc) and lack of enforcement would be my picks.

      • soidog

        Me no drunk! drink only two bottle whisky! is the refrain.

    • Charles Baht Esquire.

      They happen to be safe modern freeways and likewise country roads maybe if you sober up and lay off the bottle you might find your way home and realise it’s not the road conditions you blame it’s you and your drink driving home three quarters drunk .

      • ilovebangkok

        i use a motor cycle in and around bangkok and the number of dangerous potholes have to be seen to be believed. i’ve nearly come off several times, and have been alcohol free.

        • Charles Baht Esquire.

          You didn’t mention drug free it’s a clear cut case you’ve been smoking to much pot and start imagining these killer potholes you claim to see . Got off the wacky tobaccy and wake up to yourself .

          • ilovebangkok

            ^ there is no talking sense with you CBE, i give up

          • Charles Baht Esquire.

            And further let this be an example and let this be a lesson to you in future .

  • Sly

    If they included those that die at the hospital afterwards in those statistics they would already be number one.

  • Tony Akhurst

    So many unnessasary deaths This might be solved with harsher fines as a deterant and better road conditions 99 percent of all the roads have great potholes in So its up to the b,i,b to make sure the fines are going to get higher And the government to fix all roads.

  • Ken Anderson

    It would be interesting to know how many road deaths are caused by the idiot element in their Toyota Hilux trucks?
    I would say these and other similar vehicles will be involved in a large percentage.
    This figure is absolutely shameful, and is a direct reflection of the mentality of the inhabitants of this wasteland.

    • Charles Baht Esquire.

      I wonder how many of you old drunkard bar brawling meat head Pom git farangs are responsible for these accidents and contribute to the rather high statistics .

      • Old geezer

        Of course no Ozzie would drink and drive .. hahaha

        • Charles Baht Esquire.

          Those drunkard kangaroo aren’t any better too

  • Kim Jong un

    Wacky races

  • popeye the sailorman

    MAKE THE DRIVING TEST MUCH HARDER…..MAKE ALL THAIS PASS A HIGHWAY CODE EXAM…..might teach them to drive properly!!!!???
    Also stop the purchase of a driving licence

    • Biker

      Your joking driving test ,driving licence, insurance, 90% don’t know about things like that .

  • joe

    I will always blame the police and the government .
    If they did there job lives would be saved …Very simple .

    They just don’t care

    They rather give a ticket to a 90 year old westerner for not wearing a helmet then give one of there own a ticket for dangerous driving.