Songkran - the reality, the reasons and the fun

As we set up a small Buddha in the lobby of the Cape Panwa Hotel I was gently reminded that Songkran is a lot more than just people comparing the size of their guns.

Here is an outline of some Songkran celebrations that were throughout Thailand.

Then I read about the Road Casualties caused by Songkran.
39 deaths on the first day 

But in Phuket Day One: only 4 accidents and no death...
BUT over the whole of Thailand
3 days = 173 deaths and 1,526 injuries (registered)

Wow and they were charging 500 Baht an entry fee today for the Grand Palace grounds and it was busy...

an addition from The Nation - 

 - and the ban on alcohol?