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Phuket readies for Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the New Year

Phuket readies for Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the New Year

PHUKET: Police and safety officers have started setting up main checkpoints across the island ahead of the annual ‘Seven Days of Danger’ road-safety campaign for the New Year getting underway at midnight tonight (00:01am, Dec 29).

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By The Phuket News

Monday 28 December 2020, 01:56PM


Sophon Thongsai, Chief of the Phuket Provincial office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket), this morning re-confirmed that the target is for Phuket to suffer zero deaths in road accidents during the campaign, which will conclude at midnight, Jan 4.

Mr Sophon said he expected Phuket to have far fewer accidents, and hence far fewer people injured or killed in road accidents during the Seven Days, as there are far fewer people in Phuket due to the COVID-19 situation.

So far this year 70 people have died in road accidents in Phuket, according to the Thai Road Safety Committee (ThaiRSC) official website.

According to ThaiRSC, Phuket’s Muang District suffered 33 deaths, 4,459 people injured in 3,881 accidents, while Kathu District suffered 12 deaths, 1,223 people injured in 1,062 accidents and Thalang District suffered 25 deaths, 1,180 people injured in 1,073 accidents.

Also according to ThaiRSC, Phuket suffered two deaths during the Seven Days campaign for New Year 2020, although Phuket officials at last report claimed that Phuket had suffered zero deaths.

This year’s campaign gained momentum on Saturday (Dec 26), when the “control centres” for road and water transport safety for each district were launched.

Mr Sophon officiated the opening of the Mueang District control centre set up at the Phuket City Municipality offices in Phuket Town, while Phuket Vice Governor Vikrom Jakthee officiated the opening of the control centres at the Kathu District Office and at the Thalang District Office.

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“These centres will support the main checkpoints set up on the roads and at the piers so that information and coordination among all the agencies assisting with the campaign can be processed faster and more accurately,” Mr Sophon said.

In total there will be 12 main checkpoints and 28 minor checkpoints set up on the roads and safety control centres will be set up at all ports and piers on the island, Mr Sophon explained.

“More than 200 local officials will be assisting traffic police as much as we can,” he added.

“The goal is to integrate cooperation in the prevention and reduction of road and marine accidents, making it as safe as possible for the public and tourists.

“So I expect zero accidents and a decrease in the various risk factors [that lead to accidents] during the seven days,” Mr Sophon said.

“This will be one of the ways to achieve our goal of preventing and reducing road and marine accidents, as well as building a sustainable culture of safety,” he added.

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Svcoquette | 29 December 2020 - 17:03:24

How many tourists come here and rent bikes with only an auto license, most probably. I myself have a motorcycle endorsement to my auto license but still "tea" money is sought. Go stand on a corner in Patong or Chalong and see the police stop the farangs but not the locals. 

Pascale | 29 December 2020 - 13:32:53

@Svco.  So your friend was fined because his driver license did not specify motorcycle ? And you complain about that ? Lol ! What kind of license is that ? Maybe you should inform yourself better about the laws here before start whinging again.

Svcoquette | 29 December 2020 - 12:37:22

A friend was recently "fined" 200 baht because his drivers license did not specify "motorcycle". In our sail around the world the Thai police are the most corrupt of the 63 countries we've visited. Even worse than the Greek officials, Greek police ok though. The phone receipt idea works everytime though. 

Svcoquette | 29 December 2020 - 12:25:28

It works everytime.  I refuse to support corruption. Been stuck in Phuket now and most everytime I rent a bike I get stopped and money is demanded. While locals ride by without helmuts!

Svcoquette | 29 December 2020 - 12:22:00

Pascal, exactly it's just extortion. I have ridden my motorcycle several times from Malaysia to Phuket. Each time I am stopped 3-4 times, all paperwork in order including insurance, international motorcycle permit etc. Each time 200-500 bacht is requested. I say fine, keep my cool and ask for receipt, no they say. Fine I say and hold up the money and my phone and say then I take picture for re...

Nasa12 | 29 December 2020 - 10:36:30

Daily Traffic Accident Report (24 hrs.)
Now 28/12/2020 since 00.00 - 23.59
68
Deaths
2,926
Injuries
2,994.                                                Total.                                                   This say everything.  

Pascale | 29 December 2020 - 08:39:40

@Svcoquette      If all your paperwork is in order and you wear a helmet, what is it they charge you for ?  For being a foreigner ?  Or is it just a made up story, as I have never been charged here when carrying the required documents.

Sandbar | 29 December 2020 - 06:39:40

Set up radars on main roads, the wearing use of seat belts, the use of  more mobile patrols with the power to pull over anyone any time, start random vehicle checks for road worthiness, set up weight bridges and inspection points for trucks, increase alchol and drug testing....all these should be the norm!

DeKaaskopp | 28 December 2020 - 21:22:11

Pfff ! Yes Kurt,there we go again. Same measures ,same comment. Twice a year. Boring !

Capricornball | 28 December 2020 - 20:30:19

Ahh yes...the annual "crack-down"...which here means the police have to get out of their AC offices and put their crack down in a chair under a tent while playing with their phones all day. I guessing there will be less deaths simply because of much less traffic...no other reason. But, I'm sure the police will pat themselves on the back as they head back to their AC offices.

Svcoquette | 28 December 2020 - 18:19:19

More road checks and more "tea" money. As a farang I'm frequently stopped and even though all paperwok and helmut is in order still money is solicited. I guess I won't be renting any more motorbikes soon.

Kurt | 28 December 2020 - 14:13:53

Pfff, there we go again. Drum-drum-drum. Only 7 days of danger. During Songkran the same. The rest of the year( 365 - 14 = 351 days) no danger. Can I have a coffee, please? Just relax, and forget that there is no 351 days a year road/traffic control due to absence of   refusing acceptance any learning curve to lift Thailand from the global bottom scale a bit upwards.

 

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