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Seven Days of Danger safety campaign underway in Phuket

Seven Days of Danger safety campaign underway in Phuket

PHUKET: Only two women were injured in motorbike accidents on Day 1 of the Seven Days of Danger for New Year 2023 road-safety campaign, according to Phuket officials.

By The Phuket News

Friday 30 December 2022, 11:45AM

The summary of the first day of the campaign was announced at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall chaired by Phuket Vice Governor Anupap Rodkwan Yodrabam this morning (Dec 30).

Day 1 of the campaign was from midnight to midnight yesterday (Dec 29). Day 2 of the campaign began at midnight last night. The campaign will conclude at midnight on Jan 4.

Present for the meeting this morning was Col Jirasak Siemsak, Deputy Commander of the Phuket Provincial Police, said a report of the meeting by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

There are 11 main police checkpoints set up across the island. The most common traffic infringements were operating a vehicle without a driver’s licence, operating an unsafe vehicle and drunk driving, respectively, the report noted.

However, the actual number of arrests or fines imposed for traffic violations were not reported.

Also present was Arporn Rutarapan of the Phuket provincial office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket), which is the office responsible for presenting the Seven Days daily reports for Phuket.

According to DDPM-Phuket, the most common type of vehicle involved in accidents on Day 1 of the campaign were motorbikes. However, the PR Phuket report did not mention how many accidents were recognised by officials during the 24 hours of yesterday.

Of note, the national Thailand Road Safety Committee (ThaiRSC) reports 54 people were injured in road accidents in Phuket yesterday.

According to the PR Phuket report, risky driving behaviour, not wearing a helmet and poor visibility were the most influential factors contributing to accidents and injuries.

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Vice Governor Anupap said that all officers at the police checkpoints were asked to strictly follow the specified measures, “especially in the matter of drunk driving in order to prevent accidents as well as requesting volunteers to work together to provide services to the people”, said the PR Phuket report.

Vice Governor Anupap reiterated that the heads of all government offices and agencies are to urge all government officials to strictly follow traffic rules “to be a good role model for the people and to be part of the reduction and prevention of accidents during the New Year festival”, the report added.

Also reported this morning was that there were no safety incidents involving marine transport yesterday.

Regardless, Vice Governor Anupap asked the  Marine Police and related agencies ensure that tourists must wear life jackets at all times while onboard "for the safety of tourists".

ThaiRSC reports that already 14 people have been injured in road accidents in Phuket today (Dec 30).

So far this year, 106 people have died and 17,076 people have been injured in road accidents in Phuket this year, ThaiRSC confirms.

The death toll on Phuket’s roads has already surpassed that of last year, with three people killed in accidents on Wednesday (Dec 28), including a Thai man on a motorbike killed while waiting to make a U-turn in front of the Phuket Shooting Range on the road from Chalong Circle towards Kata Hill.

Officials have yet to release any details of those accidents, which occurred before the Seven Days campaign began, meaning those fatalities will not be included in this year’s officials total for the New Year holiday season.

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harald | 30 December 2022 - 17:55:26

for those for whom a u-turn is dangerous, i recommend walking. but only after the eyes can be checked by an ophthalmologist. otherwise it's better to stay at home, because otherwise there's danger for others in traffic

Kurt | 30 December 2022 - 13:27:43

That whole 7 Day Danger thing, including the photo sessions(!) is so Thai ingrained that all papers they stare at are for many years, twice a year, the same. Copy-copy. Enforcement is a joke as long there is no fining/punishment doing what make the Thai think twice before violate traffic laws. Violaters laugh about the 7 Day show. Not only they.

Kurt | 30 December 2022 - 13:00:25

...That U-turn near shooting range on road to Kata Hill is very dangerous. ( own experience) High Speed car drivers don't take that U-turn waiting point in consideration, to busy with cell phone on that straight up stretch of 'speed road'. Hit a waiting motorbike before they notice it.

Kurt | 30 December 2022 - 12:53:59

Yeaaah, the 7 days of Phuket Danger Opera started. Will try hard to make the charade a 'figure success'. Lucky we don't have to count the 3 death late night 28th. 'We' don't report the actual numbers of arrests/fines.  So we can play with figures, and  don't show how much RTP really take the whole 'Opera' serious. That U-turn near shooting range on rad toward Ka...

Fascinated | 30 December 2022 - 12:38:31

7 days of BS- I guess the Kamala ambulances are just doing blue light noodle runs!


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