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Phuket sets goal for New Years: Zero road deaths during “7 dangerous days”

Caitlin Ashworth

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Zero road deaths during the “7 dangerous days.” That’s the goal Phuket officials set for the New Year’s holiday week from December 29 to January 4. They’ve launched a road safety campaign to prevent fatal traffic incidents, Phuket vice governor Vikrom Jakthee announced yesterday.

“During the New Year holidays, many people like to travel to other provinces, bringing greater risk of road accidents than normal… This year we have the slogan ‘New Normal Life – Drive safe and no accidents’, as we have a goal to make all road users safe and happy during the holiday.”

Police will set up checkpoints across Phuket from December 29 to January 4 as part of the campaign. Vikrom says most of the accidents in Phuket are related to drunk driving. Speeding is also another leading cause of accidents, he adds. Most of the accidents involve motorbikes.

“Officials must together target dangerous areas and times that they need to pay more attention to. There may be more checkpoints set up in each tambon. Rescue workers and officials must prepare equipment to be ready at all times.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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    Nipral

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    easy to reach ! none is in Phuket at present and…for a long time !!!
    enjoy !!!!

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    RA

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Why have a pic of Bangkok if it’s a story of Phuket?

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      Nipral

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      …the Thai way !!!

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      Kim

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      There are still way too many car, trucks and mini vans driving around Phuket. Prior to the school Christmas holidays I was wondering what all these people do, considering most hotels are closed etc. Driving habits remain the same and the expats are not any better.

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    Geoff

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Zero!? Not a chance. It is just talk. Even if drivers were properly trained and laws enforced it would be difficult to achieve.

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      RA

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      There is ZERO enforcement here. Only picking up the aftermath.

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Amazing calls they have, zero covid cases, zero traffic death. The reality is zero tourists and zero brain.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    AFAIK an average of two die every week in RTAs in Phuket, and around three times that during New Year and Songkran, so that could be a bit ambitious …..

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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