Classifieds 50% off, use promo code FBkpkPromo The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Thailand News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Safer Songkran sparks new idea from Prayut

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is considering revealing more details of traffic accident casualties during Songkran to hammer home the importance of safe driving over the holiday, when the death toll jumps significantly each year, according to the government.

tourism, transport, accidents, death, police,

Bangkok Post

Saturday 15 April 2017, 11:14AM

A more powerful message is needed as simply listing the number of deaths and injuries does not seem to be having enough impact, government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkammnerd quoted Gen Prayut as saying on Friday (April 14).

The premier wants complete details published showing the cause of accidents, as well as how many people were hurt or killed because they ignored the laws requiring them to wear helmets or use seat belts, he said.

Even though the number of accidents and injuries on the road has dipped slightly year-on-year, the death toll since Tuesday has risen compared to previous years despite the government launching a robust campaign against drink driving and imposing stricter traffic laws using Section 44 under the previous interim charter.

“All sides must work together to refresh people’s perception of [correct] driving behaviour,” Lt Gen Sansern said, adding the premier wants state agencies and academic institutions to join in.

When motorbike accidents occur, the public should be informed as to whether the victims were wearing crash helmets, Lt Gen Sansern said.

If a pickup is involved in a crash, it is important to mention whether it was carrying too many passengers in its cargo bed in violation of the law, he added.

The government earlier this month decided to roll back its ban on allowing people to travel in the truck’s rear space following fierce criticism of the law.

Even though it is considered dangerous, many Thais routinely travel in this way because it is cheap and convenient, especially over the “seven dangerous days” of Songkran.

Lt Gen Sansern said the government will work harder to curb the number of road accidents as the situation has barely changed over the past decade.

Thailand ranks world No.2 in terms of frequency of road accidents per capita, he said, a situation considered unacceptable by many in this fast-developing nation.

During the first three days of the state’s latest road safety campaign, the death toll on the roads has risen from last year, with motorcycle accidents topping the bill, according to permanent secretary for interior affairs Kritsada Bunrat. Many occurred on minor roads in villages rather than on highways or other major roads, he said.

Despite this unimpressive start, Mr Kritsada vowed officials will keep on campaigning for safer travel.

Authorities will crack down on drink drivers as well as those caught speeding, said Piyapong Klingpan, spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order.

Meanwhile, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand is playing its part to make Songkran safer by ramping up patrols and keeping an eye out for revellers who break the rules barring them from splashing people at subway stations.

Unit - 27

Songkran death toll hits 167, down on 2016

Seventy-nine people were killed in road accidents across the country on the third day of the Songkran festival’s “seven dangerous days’’, bringing the total death toll to 167.

There were 748 road accidents reported nationwide on Thursday. This resulted in 79 people dying and 752 being injured, Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said on yesterday (April 14).

Chiang Mai and Udon Thani provinces recorded the largest number of road accidents on Thursday, at 33 each. Chiang Mai also had the highest number of injuries, at 37.

Sakon Nakhon and Bangkok saw the highest number of deaths at five each.

These figures brought the accumulated deaths to 167 and injuries to 1,795 from 1,743 traffic accidents over the three days from April 11 to April 13, said Ms Kobkarn.

Drink-driving was the major cause of accidents, accounting for 48.8%, followed by speeding, 27.54%.

At 167, the number of accumulated deaths was down by 14, or 7.73%, on the 181 deaths over the same period last year.

Although the number of Songkran road accidents and fatalities to date had dropped this year, the government does not want to focus solely on comparing statistics, but more on creating a culture of road safety, the minister said.

The road safety campaign would not be limited to the Songkran period. Studies would be made of the causes of road accidents over the past five years, and this would be used in working out measures to reduce the number of accidents, she said.

The Road Safety Directing Centre has, meanwhile, amended the road toll for April 12, increasing the fatalities from 48 to 54, with injuries reduced from 630 to 624, after six accident victims died.


Read original stories here and here.



The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
    Forget your password?

Georg the Viking | 15 April 2017 - 13:23:50

It reads like a war report.

The Phuket News

malczx7r | 15 April 2017 - 13:05:26

"Studies would be made of the causes of road accidents over the past five years, and this would be used in working out measures to reduce the number of accidents, she said."
Ask any farang and they'll tell you, people drive badly, speed and drive drunk because A, chances of being caught is virtually nil and B if caught the fine or punishment is so small it's insignificant to deter them from doing it again or other road users!

The Phuket News

simon01 | 15 April 2017 - 11:37:37

Just as normal. Nothing being done. The way to stop the accidents and deaths is to really fine and ban people and not just tourists. Drink driving should be a flat 1 year ban. Dangerous driving / speeding 1 year ban. Driving when on a ban 10 years and 500,000 fine. No licence 100,000 fine. No license and any other offence 500,000 fine and 1 month jail. Jumping red light 2 month ban and 50,000 fine. Injuring anyone else 1 year ban and 500,000 fine. Killing anyone because of any other offence life ban, 10 years jail and 2 million to the family. If the police can be made to do their jobs rather than just hang around street corners then this death and accident numbers can be reduced almost overnight. As soon as people see what will happen when they speed or any of the other offences then they will stop doing it. BUT while the police are more interested in helmet fining the tourists and letting the locals off then as usual nothing will change.

The Phuket News
Matches 3 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments

Singapore’s shining example

"Other cyclists shared the path with families, walkers and roller-skaters and it was noticeable how friendly and considerate everyone was of each...(Read More)

Phuket Immigration confirms 90-day reporting online is back

When clicking on to the site it states that it has an 'untrusted certificate' It also refers to Google Chrome which is my normal browser. I re...(Read More)

Phuket Immigration confirms 90-day reporting online is back

Clicked on the link and the site is in Thai??? How many Thai people have to report to immigration???...(Read More)

Phuket man hangs 11-month-old daughter, self in double-homicide jealousy

A monster killed this little girl. Perhaps it served some purpose for others to see what absolute evil is lurking out there. Which is more useful? ...(Read More)

Phuket Governor bestows UK Safer Roads Foundation ‘Key to the City’

Discover Thainess, normally i'd agree "Speed kills" is normally in a very few cases,not looking where you're going, on the phone, is...(Read More)

Phuket Immigration confirms 90-day reporting online is back

So many failing their "Duty of Care" the governor being at the top of the list. Why isn't there any interviews, from witnesses? Any...(Read More)

Phuket Immigration confirms 90-day reporting online is back

Security Issues galore...shouldn't really be surprised. ...(Read More)

Russian boy, 10, injured in Phuket parasail accident

Eagle@ It`s not so many people some us this madness parasailing and jet- ski any more, and I am very very happy fore that :)...(Read More)

Umbrellas, beach chairs banned again at Phuket’s Surin Beach

Blah-di-blah-di-blah. How ridiculous is this???...about the 10th time these bum vendors have been run off the beach, and I'm sure this time will ...(Read More)

Phuket Immigration confirms 90-day reporting online is back

My browser complains about a problem with the certificate "SEC_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ISSUER", not good....(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
Weird World
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.