It is now that time of year when the Thai government publicise the daily accident reports from around Thailand. This year, the “Seven Dangerous Days of the New Year” is from 29th December 2016 to 4th January 2017. It should be noted that it is not 100% accurate as some accidents do go unreported. However, in these days of social media reporting, which includes local media, it is difficult to hide any reports of deaths.
There was once a case a few years back when local media in Phuket disputed the numbers. They had reported the death of a migrant worker but it wasn’t reported in official statistics. Hopefully this year will be more accurate. It should also be noted, that unlike in the past, deaths are not just recorded if they happen at the scene of the accident. They update the statistics if a person later dies in hospital.