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‘Discipline’ can help cut road toll

THAILAND: A lack of discipline is a weakness among Thais but should be no barrier in tackling road accidents as long as they are determined to put it right, says Parliament President Chuan Leekpai.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 16 November 2020, 08:19AM


Physically-challenged people hold up a banner marking the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims at the United Nations Thailand office on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok yesterday (Nov 15). The participants laid flowers before the pictures of people killed in road accidents. Photo: Apichart Jinakul.

Physically-challenged people hold up a banner marking the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims at the United Nations Thailand office on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok yesterday (Nov 15). The participants laid flowers before the pictures of people killed in road accidents. Photo: Apichart Jinakul.

Speaking on Friday (Nov 13) at Parliament to commemorate World Day of Remembrance 2020 which pays tribute to road traffic victims, Mr Chuan said he believed a determination to change behaviour and maintain discipline would solve the country’s high road accident toll.

“Why have we succeeded in tackling the problem of people smoking in public places, air-conditioned restaurants, or events? It’s about discipline, it’s not that we are worse than other countries, but it depends on whether we are taking it seriously,” he said.

“If we are determined, we can do it. Discipline is the key to solving problems. We can solve the problem of road accidents if we build the habit of discipline.”

Mr Chuan recalled the time a researcher gathering information for national development visited his province. “As the host [in Trang province], I was told Thailand had a lot of strengths - the only weakness was that Thais live in Thailand,” he said.

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“To this I have to reply that on the contrary, Thailand’s strength is the Thai people but we cannot use only one weakness, a lack of discipline, to judge.

“Regarding the deaths and injuries which result from road accidents, we are among the top [in the world]. It’s a weakness that many people use to assess the quality of Thais. I tell them it’s not true. We have many outstanding points.”

He said a Vietnamese example on road safety might also help. There, the fine for not wearing helmets on a motorcycle is double the price of a helmet.

Remembrance Day is officially held on the third Sunday in November and Friday’s event attracted more than 60 attendees, including politicians and academics involved in road safety.

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Thai Safe Rider | 17 November 2020 - 18:10:32

The flawed belief that compliance and safety are the same thing is the problem, not the solution. 
Real world road user education based on core values like empathy, avoiding confrontations and earning merit through our actions should be the key focus, but it's lost to the defensive language and blame culture. 

Foot | 16 November 2020 - 15:59:46

"Discipline" has always been the key throughout man's history.
That's why there are no police, jails, courts or armies.
"Discipline" is wonderful.

Fascinated | 16 November 2020 - 10:10:32

Increase fines tenfold and seize vehicles until they are paid. Inconvenient for the cops at first but people will start to get the message. No licence, no insurance- seize the vehicle. Effective traffic policing instead of collecting money would help as well.

JohnC | 16 November 2020 - 09:37:48

{We have succeeded in tackling the problem of people smoking in public places, air-conditioned restaurants, or events} Get real. Not even close. Every day I see local people ignoring the smoking rules. why can't Thai officials every be truthful?

goldwing | 16 November 2020 - 09:27:52

The fines in thailand for motoing offenses are just are joke and enforcement of the rules is an even bigger joke

 

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