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Road safety hotline set up ahead of Songkran

Road safety hotline set up ahead of Songkran

PHUKET: The Department of Rural Roads have confirmed a centralised hotline has been set up as part of a campaign to improve road safety ahead of the upcoming Songkran holiday.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 3 April 2022, 12:00PM

Image: Phuket Info Center

Image: Phuket Info Center

Apirat Chaiwongnoi, Director-General of the Department of Rural Roads, confirmed yesterday (Apr 2) that his department has launched a campaign entitled “Convenient, safe travel, far away from COVID-19” which looks to promote safer conditions on the roads during the holiday period.

Mr Apirat said that between Apr 11-17 when the Sogkran holidays take place there will be an increase in road traffic with people travelling to and from their home provinces. Therefore they want to ensure the condition of the roads are in the best possible shape ahead of the busy period.

As an additional resource to promote road safety, the department has set up the national safety centre hotline 1164 with provincial support staff which can be called in the event assistance is required. Mr Apirat said that in the event any roads, bridges, traffic signals or street lighting need immediate repair then people should call the hotline.

“It is our department’s responsibility to ensure the road conditions are safe,” he said. “We are on stand-by to provide and install safety equipment and electric lighting, to repair any malfunctioning traffic signals, and to make sure road surfaces are suitable for people to travel conveniently and safely.”

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Kurt | 05 April 2022 - 11:31:27

Taswegian, your writing is a great culture shock warning to first time arriving tourists. Perhaps you and your wife can write more 'tourist experience warnings' with atached advices for other tourists?

Taswegian | 04 April 2022 - 13:06:52

Agree JohnC. I arrived at Phuket Airport with my wife late one night, around 10.30. the taxi ride from the airport to Patong was the most frightening of my life. Never went below 100kmh until he stopped at our hotel. Once I get to our hotel, we walk everywhere. Even that is scary, crossing a road is almost suicidal!

JohnC | 04 April 2022 - 09:41:31

Anyone who has been here any length of time knows the biggest hazards on Phuket's roads are the locals; be they riding motorbikes, driving taxis or minivans, buses, trucks, or in charge of any form of motorised vehicle. Why is such a basic easy skill so difficult for people from this country?


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