The review is aimed at inspiring new, more effective strategies for reducing the number people killed and injured on Phuket’s roads, Governor Norraphat told a meeting at Provincial Hall yesterday (April 17).
The order pre-empted Department of Disaster Prevention & Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) announcing its final official daily report for the Seven Days campaign this morning (April 18).
For the 24 hours of April 17, there were eight accidents reported in which two people were injured, as follows:
- Muang District: 1 accident, 1 person injured
- Kathu: 0 accidents, 0 persons injured
- Thalang: 1 accident, 1 person injured
Of note, during Day 7 of the campaign last year Phuket suffered zero deaths and two people injured in seven accidents during the same 24-hour period.
Phuket suffered its first – and only – death of this year’s Songkran holidays on Sunday (April 14), Day 4 of the road-safety campaign, when Chinese national Li Jing, 29, died after the motorbike he was riding collided with a pickup truck on the Kamala-Patong road. (See story here.)
Meanwhile, police reported having issued 1,729 fines for moving violations during the 24 hours of Day 7 of the campaign, as follows:
851 Not wearing helmets
29 Operating an unsafe/illegally modified motorcycle
36 Drunk driving
123 Not wearing seatbelts
466 Driving without a license
46 Running a red light
49 Ghost driving (driving opposite traffic flow)
30 Dangerously cutting off other motorists in traffic
59 Using mobile phones while driving.
The Songkran Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign, which began nationwide last Wednesday (April 11), concluded at midnight last night.
In his mission for improved road-safety handed down yesterday, Governor Norraphat said, “Officials have to research the data from Seven Days of Danger campaign and analyse the main causes of accidents.
“They have to explain why the accidents happened, and what causes accidents on the main highways and streets. Then that information will be analysed for traffic management and prevention of future accidents during other main holiday periods.” he added.
Of note, Traffic Police reported having issued 11,770 fines for moving violations during this year's Songkran Seven Days campaign, as follows:
5,946 Not wearing helmets
250 Operating an unsafe/illegally modified motorcycle
309 Drunk driving
711 Not wearing seatbelts
2,986 Driving without a license
313 Running a red light
363 Ghost driving (driving opposite traffic flow)
163 Dangerously cutting off other motorists in traffic
313 Using mobile phones while driving.
This year Phuket suffered 47 accidents reported during the Songkran Seven Days campaign with one person killed and 49 people injured, as follows:
- Phuket City: 27 accidents, 29 people injured
- Kathu: 14 accidents, 1 death, 14 people injured
- Thalang: 6 accidents, 6 people injured
Last year Phuket suffered 67 accidents during the Songkran holidays with four people killed and 70 people injured.