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Phuket officials announce Songkran Thai New Year road-safety campaign

PHUKET: The Songkran Thai New Year “Seven Days of Danger” road-safety campaign this year will be held from April 11-17, Phuket officials announced yesterday (Mar 29).

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Thursday 30 March 2017, 03:41PM


Boontan Sonthon, 34, died after losing control of his motorbike and crashing into a roadside pylon in Cherng Talay on April 16 last year. Officials are hoping for a better road-fatality record this year. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Boontan Sonthon, 34, died after losing control of his motorbike and crashing into a roadside pylon in Cherng Talay on April 16 last year. Officials are hoping for a better road-fatality record this year. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

“The aim is to reduce the number of victims from road accidents to less than 10 per 100,000 people across the country by 2020,” Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok told a meeting at the Phuket office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) in Phuket Town.

“To achieve this target, Phuket is following the national policy by developing an ‘accident network’ in the province in order to have the most effective road-accident protection measures that will actually reduce the number of road accidents,” he said.

This year the Songkran Seven Days road-safety campaign will be conducted under the theme “Khab Rod Mee Namjai Raksa Winai Jarajorn” (“Drive carefully, follow traffic rules”).

As usual, the campaign will include checkpoints, Songkran safe water-play zones, enforcement of speed limits and road-safety measures at known traffic accident “black spots”, V/Gov Snith explained.

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A road-safety emergency response command centre will also be set up during the campaign, he added.

This year’s Songkran Seven Days road-safety campaign comes after 478 people killed and 4,128 injured in road accidents during the “Seven Days of Danger” from Dec 29 to Jan 4, making the 2017 New Year death toll the highest in the 10 years that records have been kept. (See story here.)

It also follows the worst Songkran death-and-injury toll from road accidents on record. Last year 442 people died from traffic accidents over the seven days, 78 more than in 2015, with drink driving being the number one cause of accidents. (See stories here and here.)

In Phuket, three people died and 62 people suffered injuries in 57 reported road accidents last year – up from 57 reported accidents leaving 58 people with injuries – but zero deaths – in 2015. (See story here.)

 

 

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Kurt | 31 March 2017 - 09:47:00

Wow, a 1 week normal traffic law enforcement is coming up.
Well, normal? just sitting in tents along the road an a few more times a road block at well known spots. 
After Songkran traffic law enforcement returns to normal nothing  as the officials need their rest until the next road safety campaign at end of December.

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eric dekegel | 31 March 2017 - 07:09:15

I not see anything who is mentioned if we are allowed to drive around as every year with pick ups and water on the streets of the island?Can that be clarified, as many tourists come especially for that.

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BenPendejo | 30 March 2017 - 19:13:54

Correct Simon01...and as in other baloney road safety campaigns, there is not ONE mention of increased traffic enforcement by police...just their silly checkpoints so they can pull in every farang that drives by and fleece them for no license or helmet.  I think the only increase in police activity over Songkran will be an increase in cash stolen from farangs...and the carnage will continue as usual.

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simon01 | 30 March 2017 - 16:57:25

Why do they only care about road safety for 2 weeks a year?? New year and Songkran. The rest of the year the roads are a lawless killing zone and nothing is done. Then for 2 weeks a year they have a big effort and pat themselves on the back and then do nothing for the next 8 months. If this success can be attained during these 2 weeks then it can be done EVERY week just by doing the same. But no thats too much like hard work. 

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