Two injured on first day of Phuket New Year’s road safety campaign

PHUKET: Authorities in Phuket only recognized two people injured in traffic accidents on the first day of the “Seven Days of Danger” New Year’s road safety campaign.

The news finally arrived in a report released by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) late yesterday afternoon (December 30).

The first day of the campaign was from midnight Tuesday evening to midnight Wednesday evening (12:01 am – 11:59 pm, December 29).

Unlike in previous years, the Phuket office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket), which is responsible for collecting and reporting data for the Seven Days campaign, has yet to release none of its own reports.

According to the PR Phuket report, Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Pananpong presented the campaign’s first day report this year at a meeting at the phuket Provincial Hall attended by DDPM-Phuket chief Udomporn Kan, and the head of the Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) in Phuket, Dr Kusak. Kiattikoon.

Those injured were both motorcyclists, according to the report.

There have been no road fatalities so far in the countryside, the report added.

No other information was provided, including the location of the crashes or even if alcohol was a factor or if injured motorcyclists were wearing helmets.

It also remains to provide this year an indication of traffic violations applied by the police across the island. Despite daily reports of police enforcing their “100% Wear a Helmet” campaign and stepping up traffic enforcement during the holidays, police have yet to report taking action against a the only person caught not wearing a helmet or breaking another traffic code.

Citing Deputy Governor Pichet, the report continued yesterday with the government warning that many people take to the roads during the New Year’s holidays, dramatically increasing the number of road accidents, and that the government has stepped up its measures. efforts to prevent traffic accidents over the New Year’s holidays.

To this end, people were again reminded not to break traffic laws, not to drive drunk, and to make sure they wear helmets when riding a motorcycle.

“There has been an increase in the rigor of taking charge of public security. In addition, the law has been applied to those who still seriously violate to reduce accidents, especially in drunk driving.

“Motorcyclists should wear helmets every time they ride and we stress that Phuket residents and tourists alike drive with caution, strictly obey traffic rules, and may stop at various checkpoints and service points that the Phuket province has prepared to cover all areas of Phuket.

“Province of Phuket [the provincial government] implemented a seven-day campaign to prevent and reduce road and sea accidents during the 2022 New Year’s Festival, between December 29, 2021 and January 4, 2022, a total of seven days with the aim of ” integrate cooperation between the agencies involved in the prevention and reduction of road and maritime accidents and ensure the safety of citizens and tourists against road and maritime accidents, as well as reduce the number of injuries and deaths during the feast of New Year 2022, ”says the government report.

To achieve the goal of reducing the number of road accidents during the holidays as much as possible, authorities have set up 11 main checkpoints spread across the three districts of Phuket, the report notes.

Officials were instructed to make sure the roads were as safe as possible, for example by making sure street lights worked, the report added.

Meanwhile, the fanfare celebrating how well authorities are enforcing their seven-day road safety campaign continued.

Separate reports were released to highlight Region 8 Police Commander Lt. Gen. Amphol Buarabphon inspecting the Phuket checkpoint to ensure police were performing their duties there, to highlight Vice Governor Pichet inspecting a traffic checkpoint on Thepkrasattri Rd, Rassada, and to highlight Phuket Vice Governor Amnuay Pinsuwan inspecting Ao Por Pier to ensure maritime safety regulations were enforced.

It should be noted that statistics released by the Thai Road Safety Commission (ThaiRSC) this year only mention the two people injured so far during the campaign.

Over the past few years, ThaiRSC has proven to be much more comprehensive in its reporting, as it has confirmed information provided by rescuers, hospitals, and the police, and not just information provided by key officials in Phuket.

During the seven-day New Year’s campaign last year, DDPM-Phuket reported that Phuket suffered a total of 35 crashes with 36 people and one fatality for the entire seven-day campaign across the country. Isle.

In contrast, ThaiRSC reported that 299 people were injured and one person died in road accidents in Phuket during the seven days.

ThaiRSC today (December 31) marks that Phuket has suffered 71 deaths and 13,025 injuries in road crashes so far this year.

Of these, nine deaths and 1,350 injuries occurred this month.

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