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


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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Caitlin Ashworth

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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