Thailand’s roads named world’s second most dangerous – again

A new World Health Organisation study found a lack of key safety standards and poor enforcement of laws have combined to give Thailand the world’s second-highest road-fatality rate after Libya.

Traffic on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok.

Traffic on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Image by Clay Gilliland / CC BY-SA 2.0

In its 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, the UN health agency said 14,059 were killed on Thai roads and highways in 2012, a road-death rate of 36.2 people per 100,000. The new report follows a 2013 study by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, which also named Thailand’s roads as the world’s second most dangerous, after that of Namibia. Read more: bangkokpost.com

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