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Phuket prepares for ‘Seven Days of Danger’

Phuket prepares for ‘Seven Days of Danger’

PHUKET: Phuket officials are preparing to conduct the annual ‘Seven Days of Danger’ road-safety campaign for the New Year, this year to be observed from Dec 29 - Jan 4.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 20 December 2022, 05:33PM

The dates of this year’s ‘Seven Days’ campaign for the New Year were announced at a meeting of the Phuket Provincial Phuket Road Safety Committee at Phuket Provincial Hall today (Dec 20).

Chairing the meeting was Phuket Vice Governor Anupap Rodkwan Yodrabam.

“This meeting was held to brainstorm ideas on road safety. “There are important issues, especially the guidelines for reporting results,” said an official report of the meeting.

The campaign in full is being carried out from Dec 1-21, said the report, the first report by Phuket officials announcing the campaign this year.

The standard three-stage campaign will be observed this year, beginning with the usual “pre-intensive control period” from Dec 22-28, followed by the much better known ‘Seven Days’ period, this year from Dec 29 - Jan 4.

The campaign will conclude with “intensive control: from Jan 5-11.

“The meeting discussed road accident prevention and reduction work by relevant agencies, including solutions to operational problems such as rigorous law enforcement by the responsible officials,” the report noted.

Among the strategies to be employed by officials to improve road safety during the period is the prosecution of  violators of traffic laws to receive the maximum penalty so that motorists will obey traffic laws, especially with regards to making crosswalks safe, the report said.

Other strategies included:

  • Marking lines on the road for motorists to reduce speed before crosswalks;
  • Making traffic markings on the road surface to be clear;
  • Making warning signs and symbols clearly visible to drivers and pedestrians so they reduce speed “in a tight situation”, where there is busy traffic or there is an obstruction, a common way, a junction or a crosswalk;
  • Having people actually use crosswalks; and 
  • Raising awareness of the loss that may arise from undisciplined driving and not obeying traffic rules.

An event to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims for 2022 will be held on Dec 26 to remember road accident victims in Phuket. The event will be held at the U Simarak Gym at Phuket Technical College from 8:30am to midday.

Elsewhere in the world, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed annually on Nov 19.

Another special event will be held to mark the official opening ceremony of the annual campaign to reduce road and marine accidents for the New Year. The event will be held in front of Phuket Provincial Hall on Dec 27, starting at 9:09am ‒ two days before the ‘Seven Days’ campaign begins in earnest.

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Steve wooly | 21 December 2022 - 21:22:20

What about providing good pavements for people to walk on? There aren't any in Phuket, unlike Nan and other provinces that are less wealthy than Phuket, If it was safe to walk more people would do so

GerryT81 | 21 December 2022 - 17:37:44

@Old guy  A nice conspiracy theory regarding " financial interest to keep the carnage". Nothing better to do ?

Old guy | 21 December 2022 - 15:14:24

How about a real study on how much money hospitals take in from the tourism industry.
Could Thailand be making so much money through hospitals that it's in its best financial interest to keep the carnage? 

Pooliekev | 21 December 2022 - 14:36:30

@Kurt. Oh but he will, he will, like my pet mynah bird. Only knows two phrases and repeats them endlessly. 

Kurt | 21 December 2022 - 12:28:45

JohnC doesn't need to repeat that useless question.  
For what? The daily Phuket traffic happening, year in, year out, says everything. It It's all well known. Right, John?

JohnC | 21 December 2022 - 09:05:43

Seven days of danger! What about the other 358 days which are just as dangerous on Phuket's roads?

Kurt | 21 December 2022 - 08:12:21

Brainstorming?.... With what they like to do that?  Anyway, the gap between the talks and doings here is enormous and remains enormous. On Phuket not 7 days of Danger, but a whole 'High Season'. We hear the ambulances again day and night. In ER's of hospitals are now extra staff working.

Fascinated | 20 December 2022 - 22:52:08

Ironic that this article appears next to the article about Patong Hill re-opening.

Capricornball | 20 December 2022 - 22:40:50

You could pretty much just cut & paste this jibberish from the last 5-7 years, as pretty much nothin has changed, including the hideous death rates. You could remove the part about "rigorous law enforcement", because it won't happen, it never has and I doubt it ever will. I see the big boost is crosswalk stuff so officials can blame pedestrians getting mowed down on not using cro...

Traveller1955 | 20 December 2022 - 19:17:34

Kudos - One brainstorming idea - rigorous law enforcement. Hope that means more than just double/triple the number of "checkpoints". 


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