Governor Norraphat Plodthong has also ordered officials to specifically keep an eye out for unlicensed drivers and to conduct vehicle checks, presumably for safety and illegalities, and to ensure motorists obey traffic rules.
The mandate was handed down at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Dec 18), attended by Vice Governor Governor Snith Sriwihok and the heads of the main government offices on the island, and police.
The order to target drunk drivers and specifically target motorcyclists not wearing helmets in Phuket comes as police in Bangkok warn that officers in the capital will seize motorbikes of helmetless riders until it is proved that the rider has one. (See story here.)
This year the New Year Seven Days road-safety campaign will be conducted under the theme “Khab Rod Mee Namjai Raksa Winai Jarajorn” (“Drive carefully, follow traffic rules”).
“Many tourists visit Phuket tourist destinations during the New Year long holiday, such as beaches and islands. Many more accidents happen than in normal periods,” Gov Norraphat reminded the collection of high-powered officials.
Gov Norraphat also reminded the law enforcers that the road-safety campaign is designed on six main “principles”, albeit the principles are actually elements to focus on.
“We use six main principles of road and marine accident decreasing which are decreasing risk factors of people, environment and vehicles, tourist safety, marine safety and after accidents treatment,” Gov Norraphat said.
Gov Norraphat also mentioned that boat safety was important during the upcoming holidays.
“People should be careful when getting on and off a boat. Do not drink alcohol until you are out of control. Please wear a life jacket and follow the rules,” Gov Norraphat urged.
If any marine accidents did occur, Gov Norraphat noted, please inform the Phuket Marine Office at 076-391174 or the Vessel Traffic Management and Information System at Chalong Pier at 088-7603754.