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Phuket Songkran Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign underway

PHUKET: Officials in Phuket today (April 11) launched this year’s Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the Songkran Thai New Year holidays with a live exercise simulating a rescue effort to recover two passengers from a wrecked car.

transport, accidents, death, police, tourism,

Tanyaluk Sakoot

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 04:03PM

The exercise was held from 9-11am in front of Billion Plaza on Phra Phuket Kaew Rd, near the Samkong Underpass on the bypass road.

Joining forces for the exercise were Kathu Municipality, the Phuket Provincial Office, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket office and Kathu Police.

The exercise simulated a emergency workers responding to a call to the 1669 hotline reporting a serious car accident, with Kusoldharm Foundation and DDPM “arriving” at the scene to use “jaws of life” hydraulic cutters to safely recover two “victims” from the wreck.

“This exercise will support the road-safety campaign during the Songkran Festival this year, which we expect to reduce (the number of deaths and injuries) from during Songkran last year,” said Kathu District chief Sayan Chanachaiwong.

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Last year, three people died and 62 people suffered injuries in 57 reported road accidents in Phuket during the Seven Days of Danger campaign – up from 57 reported accidents leaving 58 people with injuries – but zero deaths – in 2015. (See story here.)

Prathomporn Cheveevongpratheep, a DDPM fireman stationed at Kathu Municipality, rated this morning’s exercise as crucial for improving emergency response techniques.

“In these situations we must co-ordinate with multiple officials in the local area, including rescue teams and others. Our performance today showed how much we value life.

“To all car and motorbike drivers, please be careful on the roads this Songkran,” he added.



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Eagle | 14 April 2017 - 17:07:33

malczx7r,you should see some countries in Africa.No road law enforcement at all.High numbers of fatalities too.The difference is that they dont have as much motor-vehicles as here.Although you are right that thailand is the 2nd worst country in fatalities per 100.000 inhabitants,it looks very different if you look at the statistics by 100.000 motor-vehicles.So,you and Kurt are wrong.

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Jor12 | 13 April 2017 - 16:47:38

Kurt...other than this current new year festival, which you state "launch as something special...should actually normal to enforce 365 days of the year." What do they do then for the rest of the year. Get paid for nothing? 

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malczx7r | 13 April 2017 - 13:26:53

Eagle i'd say it was by default, seeing as Thailand is the 2nd worst country in the world for road deaths beaten only buy Libya where there is no law and order only chaos, thanks to the intervention of the good old USA, then the only reason road deaths are this high is because of lack of enforcement of law by the police.  Its easy to determine how Kurt came to that conclusion. One that I agree with.

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Eagle | 13 April 2017 - 11:16:38

Kurt,how do you know thailand is the worst country in the world regarding road law enforcement?Any official statistics for that?

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BenPendejo | 12 April 2017 - 00:48:25

Lame as ever...and the "Launch" of the "road-safety campaign" was about limited to putting up tents and tables so the police would have a different place to do nothing.  Phuket officials should have placed these hideous mangled cars all over the island so people can see them and maybe think twice about their reckless driving habits.  But then again, I really don't think Thais think that they are bad drivers... just that some were "unlucky".

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Kurt | 11 April 2017 - 19:51:24

Why, why, is het that what officials launch as something special, a short 'campaign' (!) should actually normal to enforce 365 days of the year.
Drag Thailand out of that position of the worse country in the world when it comes to road law enforcement.
The worse system of handing out driving licenses to people who even never had proper driving lessons by proper licensed driving schools.

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