At least 13 people were killed and around 80 others injured on Friday morning in a bad start to the seven day road safety campaign for the Songkran festival.
At least 300 people die every year in road accidents during what is known as the "seven dangerous days" of Songkran. Authorities again launched a road safety campaign this year, hoping to reduce the annual carnage.
The prime minister said she would prefer the holiday period be known as "seven days of happiness".
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