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Phuket launches 100% helmet campaign, with fines

Phuket launches 100% helmet campaign, with fines

PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police have launched a new “100% helmet” campaign, and will start enforcing increasing fines for motorbike riders and passengers repeatedly caught not wearing helmets, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Sermphan Sirikong has announced.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 14 December 2021, 01:15PM

The declaration came at an event held to launch the campaign at the Phuket Provincial Police headquarters in Phuket Town yesterday (Dec 13).

Region 8 Police Commander Lt Gen Amphol Buarabphon led a similar event in Patong at the same time yesterday afternoon.

“The project is a campaign for people to be aware of the traffic rules and to reduce the loss of life. In Phuket today, every police station across the island has implemented the project all over Phuket,” Maj Gen Sermphan said.

Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Lt Col Sathit Nurit explained, “Now, road accidents cause loss of life and property, including the economy. Most of this happens with motorcyclists, especially those who do not wear helmets.

“As a result, Pol Lt Gen Amphol Buarabphon, Commander of Provincial Police Region 8, has instructed all police stations under the Provincial Police Headquarters Region 8 to implement such a project. The purpose is to encourage motorcyclists, both riders and passengers to realise the importance of wearing a helmet,” he said.

“This will help prevent and reduce severe accidents that will affect life and body as well as to raise awareness of motorcycle users to respect traffic laws by wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle,” Lt Col Sathit said.

The campaign came into force on Monday (Dec 13), with officers giving warnings, Lt Col Sathit said

“A helmet will be given to the offender, and the offender must return the helmet to police within seven days,” he added.

But later motorbike drivers will be charged for not wearing a helmet, and they will be charged if their passengers are not wearing a helmet, Lt Col Sathit explained.

“From Feb 1 to Mar 31 offenders will be fined B200 for each time they are caught. From April 1 to May 31 next year offenders will be fined B300, and from June 1, 2022 onwards offenders will be fined at the highest rate required by law [B500],” Lt Col Sathit said.

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The same scale of fines was explained by Region 8 Police Commander Lt Gen Amphol at the event in Patong, where leading officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a procession by big bike riders was held throughout the town.

Meanwhile, Deputy Interior Minister Nipon Boonyamanee yesterday chaired a meeting at the new Phuket Provincial Hall on the road safety campaign to be held in Phuket for the New Year holidays.

Present for the meeting were Phuket Vice Governor Amnuay Pinsuwan and and heads of relevant government departments, including the Phuket Land Transport Office.

Vice Governor Amnuay explained that the campaign will cover three main areas of road safety to be implemented by local officials.

“First are management systems which focus on 100% safe driving and provide effective monitoring systems at all levels,” he said.

“Second are the main risk factors, with the campaign to focus on the wearing of helmets, speeding and drunk driving.

“Last are general risks in the area. This focuses on training people and inspecting the condition of vehicles and roads that pose risk of accidents,” Vice Governor Amnuay said.

“This is the time of year that many tourists come to Phuket,” he cautioned, adding that accidents still occurred in many areas across Phuket.

According to the national Thai Road Safety Council (Thai RSC), 66 people have died and 12,212 have been injured in traffic accidents in Phuket so far this year.

“Therefore, we want each subdistrict and all departments to work together to take care and focus on road accidents, and help publicise the measures to prevent accidents to the public in order to reduce road accidents during the coming New Year season, and during normal times,” Mr Amnuay said.

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christysweet | 16 December 2021 - 12:27:52

Why not get the police out of traffic control? Implement a new agency and give them sensible cotton uniforms, loose fitting  with short pants and sleeves  so they can deal with the heat. Then give them incentives to enforce traffic  laws. They can set up near problem spots like the F-1 speeds at 6 lane u turns. 

christysweet | 16 December 2021 - 10:29:17

Strapping foam and plastic over my ears  decreases my ability to hear and is empirical. Likewise for the  1 inch of same surrounding my eyes. It  is laughable one would attempt dictation  of another's sensory observations in debate. Regardless, the only thing that is going to reduce accidents is to reduce speeding, but that's far too labor intensive for the police. 

MikeZim | 16 December 2021 - 09:47:23

This week a 57 year old Swiss man wearing a helmet on a motorbike was killed by a van driver who lost control of his vehicle. Maybe the police should focus their efforts on bad drivers instead.

quinault11 | 16 December 2021 - 08:39:37

good biz

Foot | 15 December 2021 - 17:15:55 are wrong about the loss of hearing and vision. But, I guess it makes you feel better. For the record ... it shouldn't be uncomfortable if it fits correctly. If you paid under B5,000, then that's the source of your problem. But, hey, at least you're trying.

christysweet | 15 December 2021 - 12:36:57

I wear a full face helmet that fits correctly,  and I know for a fact it covers my ears  and decreases my peripheral vision. It's also hot and uncomfortable but I ALWAYS wear it. I'd rather the dangerous drivers not and let their skulls splat when their carelessness catches up to them.    

Foot | 15 December 2021 - 11:45:16

@christysweet. I understand the need to reduce accidents and increase enforcement. But, you saying helmets reduce visability and hearing is just plane wrong, and, that is what your initial comment was based on.

christysweet | 15 December 2021 - 10:10:42

But the campaign is to reduce accidents, not injuries, we all know that would actually mean enforcing speed limits  and catching drunk drivers. Almost  no one can afford the price of a quality helmet, hence their senses are hampered. How many wear eye protection? 

Foot | 14 December 2021 - 23:42:07

Another way for the police to obtain tea money from non-Thais. It will never, ever, be fairly enforced.

Foot | 14 December 2021 - 23:40:28

@Christyasweet.  A good helmet helps reduce injuries ans it doesn't reduce vision or hearing. As a motorcycle dealer for many years, I do know. HOWEVER, the cheap helmets most have in Thailand (B500-2000) are completely worthless.

Fascinated | 14 December 2021 - 18:52:23

Phuket Provincial Police have launched a new “100% helmet” campaign for foreigners' would be a more apt title. Remember all the other campaigns, including dishing out 2000 helmets, most of which ended up as plant pots?  School kids race around Kamala every day without any enforcement in sight, just more empty words and hoopla.

Dicko | 14 December 2021 - 18:43:38

Strongly doubt any farangs not wearing helmets will only be given a "warning", somehow think the 500 baht+ fine will be enthusiastically enforced (although in fairness everyone should wear a helmet but sad they can't have one rule for all) 

christysweet | 14 December 2021 - 18:17:59

How does a helmet prevent accidents? If anything, the reduced vision and hearing from a helmet contribute to accidents. Let them go bareheaded but MAKE THEM SLOW DOWN. 'cause that's how they hurt others  

Malc-thai | 14 December 2021 - 18:02:32

Let's see if the just target foreigners again and not thais or thai taxi motorbikes!

Kurt | 14 December 2021 - 16:27:54

Wow, police start maintain the law again a bit. Long time it was: 'Wear a face mask on motorbike ( which is the greatest nonsense) and we not stop/fine you for not wearing a helmet. A piece of unexplaneble RTP logic. Specially as police get a percentage of the fines they hand out.

maverick | 14 December 2021 - 13:50:01

Chain up there bikes until they return with a helmet and receipt for fine - that will knock it on the head - pun intended 


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