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Kathu road safety campaign launched

PHUKET: A campaign promoting road safety was launched in Kathu yesterday (Sept 17) as officials strive to raise awareness and encourage good discipline to prevent unnecessary accidents, injury and loss of life.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 18 September 2022, 10:45AM

The “Kathu District Model” is being led by Siwat Waringkul, Kathu District Chief, incollaboration with heads of government agencies, sub-district chiefs, village headmen, government officials, local council members and members of the local government.

Prominent posters reminding and encouraging road users to practice safe driving will be present along road sides in Kamala, Patong and Kathu sub-districts.

The campaign places particular emphasis on motorbike drivers, urging them to respect traffic rules and to ensure they wear a helmet each time they travel.

Officials said the campaign is important as it can help promote safer road conditions which in turn will protect each other and reduce the loss of life and property to ultimately improve the quality of life in the designated districts.

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Capricornball | 19 September 2022 - 23:57:20

Poolie can't be serious. The dead motorcyclist sealed his own fate by drinking and driving reckless. However, if those "careful BIBs" as you refer to them, actually did their jobs, maybe the reckless foreigner would have been in jail facing drunk driving charges instead of in the morgue.

Pooliekev | 19 September 2022 - 17:39:52

May I refer all the elderly dissenters here to the deceased foreign motorcyclist last night? Thats why the 'boys in brown' are so careful. 

Taswegian | 19 September 2022 - 12:40:47

And now you know why I never hire a car  or bike when I visit. Stay in Baan Lamai and walk everywhere so I don't use taxis or tuk tuks. LoS is quickly gaining an ugly reputation!

Kurt | 19 September 2022 - 11:24:11

@JohnC, your question holds wishfull thinking. Boys in brown have no job pride,  miss often honesty, are corrupt, are trained in 'sucking' whites/tourists. More money from tourists than from Thai 'brothers & sisters'. Don't forget their allowances from 'mediation', which actually is a open illegal happening. Police reform, promised in 2015? Police conduct became wor...

JohnC | 19 September 2022 - 09:58:28

When are the brown bears going to stop targeting foreigners on motorbikes just because they class them as easy prey. I, like many expats, are fed up with watching locals breaking the laws being ignored while a white face is stopped even when visibly doing nothing wrong. If the officers of the RTP want respect they need to earn it.

Wilko | 18 September 2022 - 20:13:14

Enforcement is only one of the 5 Es - until they are ALL adopted there will be no significant change


Wilko | 18 September 2022 - 20:10:38

As ever te Thai authorities have got it wrong! It's no good just telling people how thy should drive - that is actually not what the problem is. Thailand has to adopt the holistic "Safe System" approach. Road safety is a public health issue and not a blame game.

Capricornball | 18 September 2022 - 17:54:30

Another "campaign" produced with the mentality of a 13-year old middle-schooler. Kurt is correct, the parents need to be held accountable for enabling underaged and unlicensed kids to invade the streets with their lightless and noisy motorbikes and their foolish and reckless behavior. Also, as long as an impotent and worthless police force remains, nothing on the streets will ever change...

Fascinated | 18 September 2022 - 15:06:48

Nothing will change until the police do their job properly, so nothing will change. A few pretty posters acting as a distraction will do nothing other than line the pockets of those paid to produce them. Follow the money. As a start they need to get all the under age kids tearing round the steets of the road. they think its a game racing around until it isn't but the parents don't care eit...

Old guy | 18 September 2022 - 13:05:11

Without basic enforcement, this will have little affect on drivers.  It's all show and no go.  Why bother? 

Kurt | 18 September 2022 - 11:34:03

Why a very local model to encourage safe driving, with helmet? Should be about the whole of Phuket. With helmet only? What about 'with a drving license'? And what to say about 2, 3 kids together, of age 10+, driving a motorbike with permission of parents? Kids got the bike keys, yes? Heavy fines for parents, it saves croc tears when kids die at the road.


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