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Road safety campaign targetting students launched ahead of Songkran

Road safety campaign targetting students launched ahead of Songkran

PHUKET: Teachers from 26 schools in Phuket have signed up to take part in a road-safety campaign hoping to get teachers to lead by example and get vital road safety messages through to students.

By The Phuket News

Friday 25 March 2022, 11:00AM

Using terms such as “hard headed” and “stubborn society”, the "Teachers Can Build" campaign recognises the critical issue that has undermined road safety campaigns for decades.

The campaign in Phuket is part of a nationwide campaign organised by Honda Thailand and  Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC). 

Identical campaigns are being coordinated through four Honda Safe Driving Training Centers, including in Phuket. The other three are in Bangkok, Samut Prakan and Chiang Mai. More than 120 schools are taking part in the campaign.

The campaign in Phuket saw training sessions held at the Phuket Honda Safety Driving Training Center in Srisoonthorn, Thalang, on Wednesday (Mar 23).

The road-safety event came on the same day that a Senate Education Subcommittee arrived in Phuket to be briefed on the guidelines for preventing and reducing road accidents being rolled out across the island.

Joining the briefing, held at the offices of PKCD Co Ltd, a consortium of Phuket-based businesses working closely with the government to implement national policies, was Phuket Vice Governor Anupap Rodkwan Yodrabam.

Internal - Phuket News TV

The Senate subcommittee was told that the number of road-accident injuries and fatalities in Phuket in 2021 showed a decrease of 90, accounting for 21.60 per 100,000 people, “which is a significant reduction”, said a report by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

“This was caused by the cooperation of network partners and the Road Safety Operations Center at all levels to improve the risk points, especially crossings, and when there is a major accident or an accident where people have died, there will be a team at the scene of the accident to analyze the elements that causes the accident,” PR Phuket reported.

“Phuket Province as a model Smart City has applied AI technology to city management to create safety in various dimensions,” the agency added.

Krisadapong Tanthong, Managing Director of City Data Analytics Co Ltd, explained that Patong Municipality was the first government agency in the country to set up an “IOC Center” (“Intelligence Operation Center”), or ‘Command Center’, to tackle traffic-related problems, including road accidents.

The centre uses a City Data Platform (CDP) jointly developed by City Data Analytics, the Phuket branch of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) and the Prince of Songkla University.

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Kurt | 26 March 2022 - 12:32:24

Thai parents don't care about their kids life/growing up, until they die. Than drama tears. Perhaps schools should give workshops to parents. Suggest them to make their kids ride push bikes, not motorbikes while underaged. Is also more healthy.

christysweet | 26 March 2022 - 11:29:30

The religious precept is nothing you do will change fate  hence the prevailing attitudes on safety. If you child kills himself on a scooter at age 12, it was meant to happen. 

JohnC | 26 March 2022 - 09:14:59

Pehaps the parents of students should be invited to attend too since they are the ones giving their children access to use motorbikes when underage and usually without any safety equipment. Stange country, anywhere else parents do everything in their power to raise their kids safely but here they just don't seem to care what their kids are doing.

christysweet | 25 March 2022 - 15:52:08

Please stop the young boys- and it is ALWAYS boys- 2 -4 on a  motorcycle tearing around  in flip flops and   bareheaded. Cannot count how many times I've had to react quickly to avoid a collision.  

maverick | 25 March 2022 - 14:13:49

It would help if the schools ensured students without licenses or underage do not bring motorbikes to school 


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