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Deputy PM Prawit weighs in on Phuket road safety

Deputy PM Prawit weighs in on Phuket road safety

PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Anuphap Rodkwan Yodrabum yesterday (Jan 27) was called to join the first online meeting of the year of the National Road Accident Prevention and Reduction Policy Committee, led Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon and joined by Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda.

By The Phuket News

Friday 28 January 2022, 11:19AM

According to a report of the meeting by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR  Phuket), the meeting was held to provide summaries of the results of the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign during the New Year holidays.

Also discussed were progress reports on the points system for driving licences, which currently is only in effect for delivery transport drivers and drivers of public transport vehicles only, including truck, van and motorbike delivery drivers as well as tuk-tuks, taxi, bus and passenger van drivers.

The meeting also discussed a postponement of the issuance of tax “badges”, said the report, though no other details of this issue was provided.

However, the report noted, “The committee has assigned the Ministry of Transport to discuss with the Royal Thai Police to determine a clear format before publicizing it for the public to know.”

Thai Residential

Deputy PM Prawit raised the issue of safety pedestrian crossings, in light of Dr Waraluck Supawatjariyakul, an ophthalmologist of the faculty of medicine at Chulalongkorn University, being mown down and killed by a policeman riding a Ducati Monster motorbike at speed in Bangkok last Friday (Jan 21).

Phuket officials were ordered to ensure that a warning line to instruct drivers to slow down is to be painted on the road before each pedestrian crossing, and additional signs warning of a pedestrian crossing ahead are to be installed.

“The Royal Thai Police will increase the intensity of law enforcement for offenses that are a risk factor for accidents as well as to survey and prioritize improvements at every pedestrian crossing. In addition, [police are to] follow up and assess all cases of accidents on the pedestrian crossings as a guideline to prevent further accidents,” Deputy PM Prawit said.

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christysweet | 30 January 2022 - 10:10:45

 Get out from under the tent. Use speed traps & unmarked cars. Set up a special division that deals with traffic only. Use radar guns and cameras. Employ unmarked cars. Use ad campaigns. Take repeat violators license away.  All  common sense- if you have any.  Slotting into the one lane checkpoints is not the issue. Jaysus what a moronic statement.    

Kurt | 30 January 2022 - 09:20:57

A deputy PM degrade himself to wall paper level when he joins a pedestrian crossing talk. Would expected at least wise old man suggestions about RTP officers who themselve not respect but violate traffic laws and kill people while driving. Just weak words about 'guide lines', something to get nowhere with in Thailand as all Thai know. Next week this ped. cross killing is forgotten.

Kurt | 30 January 2022 - 09:05:07

What is 'use thinking' of check point were people drive through slowly, while the problem lays with speeding drivers with no respect for rules of the road when they speed and ignore pedestrian cossings? On Phuket is a cam speed control/automatic bill system, totally not in use. Was just installed for commission and kick back purpose. System is smart wise far over head of Officials.

Fascinated | 30 January 2022 - 00:57:52

What's your solution then  Sweetie? Stop moaning and suggest suitable alternative's. Any safe diver can  easily slot into a one lane traffic stop.

christysweet | 29 January 2022 - 11:08:14

Channeling drivers into  1 lane 'checkpoints' as a method of enforcing road rules is absolutely  the stupidest practice conceivable. 

beachshak | 28 January 2022 - 22:24:51

Number 1 Bike and car accident fatalities on the planet, like the rest of the world stop hiring bikes and cars to Europeans and East Europeans with no license! = no longer number road fatalities on the planet!

Foot | 28 January 2022 - 13:26:41

Here's a thought.  Stop speeding all the time and there wouldn't be such a need to slow down.


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