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It’s official: Phuket worst in Thailand for road accidents

PHUKET: A leading figure at the Phuket office of the Road Safety Network, which operates under the Thai Health Foundation, this week revealed that Phuket was now officially the worst province in the country for deaths and injuries resulting from road accidents.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 29 August 2015, 03:42PM

“Today traffic accidents are responsible for the most deaths and injuries in Thailand, and Phuket has the highest record of traffic accident reports in Thailand,” said Dr Wiwat Seetamanotch, Vice President of the Phuket office of the “Road Safety Thai”. (See website here).

“According to statistics, the number of people in Phuket injured in traffic accidents is 4,952.55 per 100,000 and the death toll in Phuket is 72.04 per 100,000,” he said.

“About 30.63 per cent of these deaths and injuries are from alcohol-related accidents.”

Dr Wiwat delivered the news an event at Provincial Hall on Thursday (August 27) attended by Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong.

The event was held to mark the non-profit Safer Roads Foundation from the UK handing over of 39 breathalysers to the Phuket Police to use for its “Guarantee Arrest if Drink and Drive” campaign.

The breath-test units, costing a total of B1,143,000, were handed over by Safer Roads President Michael C Woodford.

“The new breathalysers we are receiving today are definitely a life saver,” Gov Nisit said. “Our police officers now have enough to use to prevent drunk people from driving and help police reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents on Phuket roads.

“Provincial police will push this campaign by stopping and checking all drivers to enforce the law on those who drink and drive in order to promote safer roads,” he added.

Dr Wiwat agreed: “One problem we have here in Phuket is that we do not have enough alcohol breathalysers and Mr Woodford and his foundation has generously come to the rescue and donated some.”

He added that the donation came as part of the Safer Roads Foundation campaign in 31 countries around the world to promote road safety.

“We know that Phuket is a tourist destination and officials need alcohol breathalysers in order to check drivers so they can reduce the number of traffic accidents,’ explained Mr Woodford.

“Our foundation hopes that everyone will respect the road law and be responsible drivers.”

Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Lt Col Theerapol Tipcharoen, however, downplayed the ‘zero tolerance’ push to eliminate drunk driving from Phuket’s roads.

“This campaign is not new, but maybe it has not been enforced as much as we should,” he told The Phuket News today (August 29).

“But from October, when we launch this campaign, we will ramp up our efforts to stop and check drivers – and if they are found over the limit, they will be arrested and charged.”

The legal limit for drunk driving in Thailand is 0.05 BAC, Col Theerpol confirmed.



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Rorii | 04 January 2017 - 15:36:44

This figure is interesting "death toll in Phuket is 72.04 per 100,000," compare this with say, Western Australia, roughly the same population, but much larger in size, with very long driving distances, for WA the rate per 100,000 is approx. 7, it's obvious one has better, safer drivers, and police that do their job.
Phuket is only a small island, it is insane for it to have a death ...

Christy Sweet | 29 October 2015 - 08:15:30

It's called The Broken Windows Theory and it turned New York City around. Enforce the small laws and people will have respect for the larger ones. However some small laws, especially in developing nations just take time and resources to enforce, and so other laws that affect the safety of many are ignored. I'd suggest ditching the helmet law, and instead enforce safer driving. Of course th...

malczx7r | 28 October 2015 - 10:22:08

Christy sweet, I agree it only affects the person wearing it but it's the basic implementation of a law that the police fail to do,the fact that they can't even enforce this law shows how little the police respect their own code, no wonder they can't enforce any others and the people blatantly disregard any other law therefore on wards.  If all laws were enforced we'd see a change....

Christy Sweet | 27 October 2015 - 06:37:05

Malcczx7r, Wearing a helmet affects no one's safety but their own, it's the ultimate in intrusive, nanny-state laws. I'd rather police get the speeders and tailgaters under control, they are the hazard, not some low income family on a scooter. 

malczx7r | 26 October 2015 - 14:27:26

Just saw the traffic police do a road block near the post office from Chalong Circle to Rawai, 3 people on a scooter went past, one had a helmet on, the other two didn't, did they stop them? No, let them through, obviously if you're on the back and involved in an accident, only the driver gets injured! Oh and earlier in the week, saw a traffic cop pull up and give a lift to a guy on the ...

Christy K. Sweet | 26 October 2015 - 08:47:35

So if Thailand is second in the world for traffic fatalities, and Phuket is the worst within Thailand, then it is likely that we all are driving in the most dangerous place on the planet. Thank you, Thai government for refusing-year after year-to address and correct this problem. 

Richard Vickers | 23 October 2015 - 11:41:51

This shameful statistic is directly attributable to one thing, an utterly worthless and impotent police force. The complete disregard for safety and for following any kind of rules is directly related to the absence of any law enforcement, and the absence of any consequences for ones actions on the roads. I have been in many many countries around the world, and without a doubt, Thai police compris...

malczx7r | 02 September 2015 - 15:22:55

Who'd have thought that? After a few years here, i'm surprised it's not higher with the lack of policing, but they now have breathalysers, that'll stop the crazy driving during the day, assuming they can find someone to actually do something!

SamuiDave | 01 September 2015 - 19:12:47

'death toll in Phuket is 72.04 per 100,000'
over 14 times that of another large country, heavily dependent on motor vehicles (unidentified to save face)
Also 'seriously injured due to a road traffic crash increased from 138.3 to 156.7 per 100,000 population'
'4,952.55 per 100,000' here - 31 times other country - with no [guiding spirit- Ed] to protect them -

Tinkerbell | 31 August 2015 - 13:06:38

Not surprising. But I like statistics to come with a little more information (and a little less sensation).
Per 100,000 inhabitants? Or per 100,000 vehicles? Or 100,000 accidents?  And what is the yearly total?
"Worst province" and "highest record", but how much worse? What is the country's average?

edward partridge | 30 August 2015 - 04:08:31

my apologies to anyone who might have read my letter 24 may re phuket being the worst place in thailand for traffic accidents. it was meant to be relevant to the article 29 august .  but exactly the same theme ,i was trying to convey .and i say again.good luck ,when you are crossing the road and going for a thrill seeking spin in tour buses and the like..chrs.

Foot | 29 August 2015 - 17:56:00

Not surprising.

With no real police enforcement of traffic laws (DWI, speeding. tailgating, wrong side of road, unsafe vehicles, etc) there will be casualties.

benvento | 29 August 2015 - 17:47:20

Can we know the total Phuket population figure used as the base for these statistics?

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