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Rawai Mayor puts road safety in spotlight: Only 18% of Phuket motorcyclists wear helmets

Rawai Mayor puts road safety in spotlight: Only 18% of Phuket motorcyclists wear helmets

PHUKET: Rawai Municipality ran a training event on Monday (June 10) to educate people about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a motorbike as statistics show that only 18% of Phuket motorcyclists wear a helmet at all times, compared with the national average of 56%.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 11 June 2019, 05:07PM

Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos presided over the event, held at Muang Phuket School just south of Chalong Circle in Rawai, which was the result of a joint effort by Rawai Municipality and three Rotary Clubs in Phuket: the Rotary Club of Andaman, the Rotary Club of Phuket and the Rotary Club of Patong Beach (RCoPB).

Attending the event were high school students, kindergarten students, private sector employees and municipality officers, including Rawai Municipality Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Preecha Jennarong.

The project saw 350 helmets given away to students from nine schools, including students at Muang Phuket School.

The funds were raised by the three Rotary Clubs, with the donation from the Rotary Club of Patong Beach raised through a memorial fundraiser in honour of Gary Moody, the club’s Vice President & President Elect who passed away in January. (See story here.)

The Rotary Club of Patong Beach raised some B95,000 for the project, RCoPB President Karen Eidsvik told The Phuket News this afternoon.

Rawai Municipality Palad Mr Preecha said at the event, “The government previously set the years 2002-2020 as a period of focus for road safety, having local authorities conduct measures and campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of safety helmets.

“The government wants to increase the use of helmets by 20% in order to reduce the death rate from road accidents. To that end, we organised this event with support from Chalong police, Big C Patong and AP Honda,” he added.

Mayor Aroon provided statistics on road safety, comparing Phuket with the national average for the use of helmets.

“Statistics show that the national average for motorbike riders – driver or passenger – wearing a helmet, is 43.7% against 56.3% that don’t wear one.

“In Phuket, only 18% of motorbike riders always wear a helmet while 50% don’t wear one at all and 32% occasionally do.

“As an example, in Rawai between January and April of this year, seven people died from road accidents, three of whom were on a motorbike without a helmet,” the mayor said.

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Kurt | 12 June 2019 - 13:53:31

Many people in Thailand not know that the head of a person is the heaviest body part. When one get 'launched' from a motorbike, 80% chance the head touch the tarmac or a concrete pole first.

Steve wooly | 12 June 2019 - 11:47:07

I think any head injuries due to not wearing a helmet should be billed to the patient, also their insurance should be voided, there is no excuse. 

Kurt | 12 June 2019 - 09:24:02

Why the Rawai Mayor not put the Phuket traffic police in the spotlight for negligence of duty?  No police on big motorbikes or highway patrol cars on the road to enforce traffic laws. Just these funny road blocks, seen the death toll proven it not works.

Kurt | 12 June 2019 - 09:05:16

Well, the way many phuket road users behave in traffic, it is a miracle that not more die on the road. Many fatal accident would not take place when people were not speeding and cyclists wear a good helmet.. Look at the motorbikes speeding through Chalong underpass with about 80-90 kmh.  No helmet-driving were they not allowed to drive-speeding ( ignoring the 50kmh signs).

Rorri_2 | 12 June 2019 - 07:39:59

Nice idea, but we have seen it all before, and yet... no change, there is a reasons, Thais don't like change, The police do not enforce the laws, the government doesn't care, the list goes on.

Kurt | 12 June 2019 - 01:39:43

With respect for this great life saving initiative, a pity that the first safety steps are skipped on Phuket. Namely, checking at school entrances or the kids with a motorbike have a driving license. The percentage of non driving licensed people on Phuket roads is sky high.
Where is the RTP 'support' in this matter? It is zero! They not even act seeing 3 kids age 12-14 on 1 motorbike.

Fascinated | 11 June 2019 - 18:55:52

What a shame this money will be squandered as we have seen with previous initiatives. Lets see proper enforcement and cops stopping pre-teens riding bikes to and from school. Is being 'cool' more important than being safe?


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