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Phuket officials aim for zero road deaths over New Year holidays

Phuket officials aim for zero road deaths over New Year holidays

PHUKET: Phuket’s leading officials have set zero deaths from road accidents as the goal to be achieved during the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign this New Year, to be enforced from Dec 29 to Jan 4.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 15 December 2020, 11:18AM


Police checkpoints will be set up across the island from Dec 29 to Jan 4 as officers enforce the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the New Year. Photo: The Phuket News / file

Police checkpoints will be set up across the island from Dec 29 to Jan 4 as officers enforce the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the New Year. Photo: The Phuket News / file

Phuket Vice Governor Vikrom Jakthee announced the zero target yesterday (Dec 14) at a meeting held to coordinate all the government agencies in carrying out this year’s New Year campaign.

“During the new year holidays, many people like to travel to other provinces, bringing greater risk of road accidents than normal,” V/Gov Vikrom said.

“This meeting aims to make a clear understanding and to follow up the preparations from each relevant official, as we hope to reduce the number of accidents and have no deaths during the long holiday,” he added.

“This year we have the slogan ‘New Normal Life – Drive safe and no accidents’, as we have a goal to make all road users safe and happy during the holiday,” V/Gov Vikrom said. 

The road-safety campaign for the new Year follows the usual four-stage outline:

  • Dec 1 to 21 – Publicizing and promoting the campaign
  • Dec 22 to 28 – Preparation (for officials)
  • Dec 29 to Jan 4 – Intensive control and protection (marked by road checkpoints)
  • Jan 5 to 11 – Performance analysis (reviewing the campaign’s effectiveness)

“We have already set out our orders for officers to follow to prevent road accidents and sent them to all district offices, municipalities and tambon administrative organisations [OrBorTor] so that all officers work in the same way,” V/Gov Vikrom said.

“Our orders follow central government policy and focus on reducing the factors that can cause accidents, especially speeding and drunk driving,” he noted.

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“Officials must together target dangerous areas and times that they need to pay more attention to. There may be more checkpoints set up in each tambon. Rescue workers and officials must prepare equipment to be ready at all times,” V/Gov Vikrom said.

“From statistics of previous years, the main reason for accidents in Phuket has been drunk driving, followed by speeding. Most accidents have involved motorbikes,” he pointed out.

So far this year 68 people have died from road accidents in Phuket, the Thai Road Safety Committee (ThaiRSC) reports on its website.

A further 6,693 people suffered injuries requiring hospital treatment in the 5,761 road accidents in Phuket that have been officially recognised from Jan 1 to today (Dec 15), ThaiRSC also noted.

Nine of those injured this year were left permanently disabled, ThaiRSC reported.

During the meeting yesterday, officials stood and observed a minute’s silence for those who lost their lives on Phuket’s roads.

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Kurt | 16 December 2020 - 10:27:35

The Thai paper tiger bureaucracy in full manifesting. Road safety outline campaign, from 1 Dec until 11 January.  That are 42 days!!!  42 Days for a 6 days 'real thing' only!!!  (29 Dec - 4 Jan). Unbelievable. One can't make up this paper desk nonsense.

Pascale | 16 December 2020 - 09:34:03

@H1   No need to count It's simple math.

Kurt | 16 December 2020 - 08:53:31

@P  The 2 times a year Thai safety campaign show 'life in a bubble'. To get out of that bubble Thai Government should practice safety work on the roads 365 days of the  year. Promoting that in comments is good for Thailand. Perhaps a bit 'rise' in road safety enforcement practise? It can safe lives throughout the year.

Hermann1 | 15 December 2020 - 22:47:59

Khun Pascale must be obsessed with Kurt. Counting all his comments ? 2000 comments this year or not but one thing is for sure dat all his comments are very clever writen. He nails the subject with every comment. Pascale can only react.Never has own opinion.It's like pulling feathers out of a frock.

Capricornball | 15 December 2020 - 20:55:22

Phuket’s "officials" really just need to cut and paste this crapola every year or every holiday where the death toll ticks up a bit from the usual pathetic numbers. Still have yet to see the worthless police patrolling the roads and pulling idiots over like they do in countries with REAL police forces. Their best method of reducing deaths will be to fudge the numbers, like they do ever...

Fascinated | 15 December 2020 - 18:50:14

Why should these days be different than others? Road safety should be a priority EVERY day of the year. Lets stop calling them 'accidents' as well. 99% of crashes here are preventable if people practice sensible driving standards.

Pascale | 15 December 2020 - 15:12:03

@K    Same campaigns every year and same comment from you every time. No wonder the 2000 comments in 2020 are easily reached. As Dekaaskopp said today:   "Life in a bubble"

Sandbar | 15 December 2020 - 14:19:52

Hears the deal. In Australia road saftey campaigns run for 365 days of the year focussing on drink driving, drugs, wearing seat belts and not txt on cell phones whilst driving. Patrol cars can pull over anyone they want and carry out testing. Phuket officials walk around with a sandwich boards on preaching road safety....wake up boys you talk with no punch, and have zero expertise to boot!

Nasa12 | 15 December 2020 - 12:54:28

Well well well how many dead last year and years before that in Phuket. Don’t forget they try to lying last year about accident and  dead in the traffic in Phuket.  

Kurt | 15 December 2020 - 12:42:10

What a waist of temporarily energy on fantasy island Phuket. Just talks and again 7-10 persons tent road sitting with tv/ snacks/meals at road block locations. Prior first the usual yearly talks and (non) happenings. Don't they understand that all their rolled out plans should be practised 365 days a year?. The learning curve is zero. We will read this nonsense again before Songkran in April.

 

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