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Seven Days of Danger for Songkran begins in Phuket

Seven Days of Danger for Songkran begins in Phuket

PHUKET: The Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for Songkran 2022 is underway in Phuket, with checkpoints set up across the island to enforce traffic laws.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 11 April 2022, 03:32PM


With today (Apr 11) the first day of the campaign, the heightened enforcement of traffic laws began at midnight last night (00.01am Apr 11) and will continue through to midnight Sunday night (23:59pm Apr 17).

Phuket Provincial Police has organised for 11 main checkpoints to be set up across the island, as well as three “secondary checkpoints” and 10 “service points” where motorists can take a break from driving or receive other assistance.

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has already urged drivers taking to the roads to return home for the Songkran holidays to celebrate the Thai New Year to drive safely.

The goal is for the island to suffer zero casualties during the holiday period this year.

“One loss is a lot,” Governor Narong told The Phuket News.

Phuket concluded the Seven Days of Danger road safety campaign for Songkran last year with an official tally of one dead and 21 injured.

Nationwide, the official tally during last year’s Songkran holiday period stood at 277 people killed and 2,357 injured in almost 2,400 road accidents, with drink-driving involved in over a third of accidents.

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ThorFinger | 12 April 2022 - 11:46:51

If you were serious about protecting people on thai roads you would teach them how to drive first! Plus change to international rules. Terminating roads with give way markings on all roads....lol. receiving abuse from thai driver who has failed to give way to the right on a roundabout... turning left at an intersection without even looking.... driving a car like you drive a motorbike.... endless.

Kurt | 12 April 2022 - 11:11:41

What costs the most lifes in Thailand? Covid-19? Traffic? or air pollution? Yes, air pollutions! Thousands die yearly in Thailand of air pollution. Top 5 in the world this week: 1 Beiing, 2 Bangkok, 5 Chiang Mai province. All by man made pollution. (Interesting article about it in BP). But keep going with road tent sitting and that Thailand Pass thing.

Kurt | 12 April 2022 - 11:05:21

Why having a "service point" south of Chalong circle? Motorist are or than almost home/at destination , or just left departure location. Who wants to sit/rest at air polluted road sides? It all reflects a shallow childish officialdom thinking, this 1 week charade.

Fascinated | 11 April 2022 - 18:56:36

'Checkpoint'? 8 people studiously tapping away on their phones when I passed the Kamala one today. Not a check in sight. A shame they can't 'campaign' year round instead of these pointless 'look at us we're doing something' stunts. I see the 100% helmet 'campaign only seems to affect foreigners not locals as well, not the kids racing around 4 up on bikes.

KataDan | 11 April 2022 - 16:32:37

Looks like Thai guy with the lady to me…

Capricornball | 11 April 2022 - 15:41:39

I'd be willing to bet that the Muslim lady rode away with a warning for no helmet, while the farang with his ladyfriend paid a few hundred for no licence as well as 500+ for his friend not having a helmet. This is just another justifiable theft ring by the RTP that does nothing to reduce accidents. They need to be out patrolling for idiot drivers, but then they would have to target mostly loca...

 

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