Thailand ranks second in world for road deaths

A pickup truck crashed into a pole on Dec. 26 in Khlong Luang District, Pathumthani

Thailand’s roads are the second most dangerous in the world, according to statistics released by the World Health Organization and University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The country is ranked second in terms of road accident fatalities with 44 deaths per 100,000 people. Namibia is first with 45 per 100,000 and Iran is third with 38 per 100,000 people.

The global average is 18 deaths per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, the death toll from road accidents during the “seven dangerous days” hit 302 on Sunday with 2,843 people hurt in 2,733 accidents, according to the centre for prevention and reduction of road accidents.

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