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Government pledges great effort on road safety

By The Nation

 

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With road accidents blamed for 20,000 deaths and Bt500 billion in financial losses every year, the government has vowed to invest in safety measures.


“We will revise the budget laws to ensure that local administrative bodies can make the utmost use of their financial resources in accident prevention,” Deputy Interior Minister Sutee Makboon announced at Bangkok a seminar on Wednesday.

 

The Road Safety Policy Foundation and the Road Safety Thailand Centre organised the two-day seminar in collaboration with other agencies.

 

The “Invest for Sustainable Road Safety” seminar, ending today, drew more than 1,500 participants.

 

Sutee emphasised that the government had made it a mission to reduce road accidents. It has banned speeding, driving while drunk or drowsy and use of mobile phones while driving and encouraged the use of crash helmets and safety belts.

 

“We will increase our investments in road safety,” Sutee pledged.

 

He said Road Safety Thailand Centre branches would play a key role, collaborating with local authorities in solving traffic problems.

“We have also assigned the Labour Ministry to increase its safety officials’ roles to boost safety,” he said.

 

Sutee said road accidents were responsible for half the deaths of social-security recipients.

 

“We will also improve law enforcement,” he said. The penalty for drunk driving might be increased, and the speed limit in urban areas could be set at 50 kilometres an hour.

 

As well, enhanced safety functions like anti-brake systems could be made mandatory for all motorcycles.

 

“We will also require that children be taught about road safety beginning in kindergarten,” he said.

 

He said the Road Safety Thailand Centre would work with academic institutions and other agencies in studying the cause of accidents and recommending preventive measures.

 

Road Safety Group Thailand manager Dr Tanapong Chinwong noted that the United Nations had declared 2011-2020 the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

 

“UN members, including Thailand, are encouraged to try to halve road fatalities,” he said.

 

Across the world, road accidents kill 1.3 million people every year and injure more than 50 million others.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30333386

 
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20 minutes ago, webfact said:

“We will also require that children be taught about road safety beginning in kindergarten,” he said.

one of the few things here that makes sense, long term; curious saying that as Education is not his ministry

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2 minutes ago, rebo said:

It would not cost one single baht more if the BIBs would carry out their duties instead of sitting in their air conditioned booths playing with their mobiles.

Rip the air-con out of these places, making them intolerably hot, so they have to go outside and do something.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Sutee emphasised that the government had made it a mission to reduce road accidents. It has banned speeding, driving while drunk or drowsy and use of mobile phones while driving and encouraged the use of crash helmets and safety belts.

 

Then tell the BiB to get out there and do something about it. ENCOURAGED the use of helmets and seat belts......That is also the law but it is not enforced....

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1 hour ago, rebo said:

It would not cost one single baht more if the BIBs would carry out their duties instead of sitting in their air conditioned booths playing with their mobiles.

I almost disagree with you, it would be revenue positive, so rather than costing money it would put more Baht into government coffers. As a side effect it might save the government money in the health and social security budgets.

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Blah Blah... Pledge Pledge...

When they stop putting the issue on the Public and start pointing the finger at the Police, nothing will change

 

The only thing that needs overhauling is the Police

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1 hour ago, zyphodb said:

I'll believe it when I see it, The Gov. aren't interested in how many plebs die...

Spot on. Let the labourers, farmers, sex workers, shop workers die on the roads. Keep them uneducated and poor, keep them thick, don't encourage them to be smart and not drink too much........ Then they'll be more for us.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

As well, enhanced safety functions like anti-brake systems could be made mandatory for all motorcycles.

 

“We will also require that children be taught about road safety beginning in kindergarten,” he said.

anti-brake systems? i believe that's already the default as riders here seem to think that brakes are optional in a motorcycle (cars as well). so no systems needed for that. as for starting in kindergarten... better start with the parents. anyway, the whole news seems too early for april 1.

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

With road accidents blamed for 20,000 deaths and Bt500 billion in financial losses every year, the government has vowed to invest in safety measures.

and suddenly the blinders were lifted when they realized how much more money could be coming their way...

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1 hour ago, ratcatcher said:

image.jpeg.b3cb5c2f4d63e3f223d56cc20feb9539.jpeggood idea...... start 'em young.

They do, 5 up on a motor bike before they can even walk with intensive training on riding against the traffic, riding thru' red lights, cutting across traffic, no lights, no helmets etc etc. The kids are trained well to ensure these skills aren't lost. 

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Disagree - it's not just that the police need how to enforce but the drivers themselves just don't have knowledge of the road rules nor do they comply with them....

 

it all starts with driver education and following the rules when on the road...bad habits and rule infractions are continuous rampant actually...

 

dont focus on fatality reduction ...focus on behavioral modification and how to drive properly and courteously. Zero common courtesy out there...I can have the right of way, be nice and let one car go and the next 3 will try to follow...reduce their attitude of aggression on the roads...

 

focus us on near misses and fatality numbers will come down...

 

start in kindegarten? You mean with the 10% of vehicles who actual use a car seat? Hey mom, where is my car seat?

 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

20,000 deaths

Think the official statistic is over 25,000.

2 hours ago, webfact said:

banned speeding, driving while drunk or drowsy and use of mobile phones while driving and encouraged the use of crash helmets and safety belts.

Not using a mobile / wearing a crash helmet / using seat belts is "The Law" now !!

2 hours ago, webfact said:

improve law enforcement

Meaning Police everywhere doing their jobs.

I saw a video of a Policeman stop 3 kids on a motor bike without helmets. The punishment was 20 press-ups. And he was applauded by social media for being so lenient.

2 hours ago, webfact said:

require that children be taught about road safety beginning in kindergarten

So no kids up to now have ever been taught about "road safety" ?

2 hours ago, webfact said:

studying the cause of accidents and recommending preventive measures

We all know the causes. And we all know solutions. Implementation is the problem.

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13 minutes ago, hillsy61 said:

Maybe should have farangs doing the teaching. Not just in compounds but where it counts, on the roads.

Not 15hr course, try 150hrs on a learners permit..Look at the rest of the world.  

Just a thought. ?

Farang know nothing, Thailand is different. 

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On the previous edition earlier this morning it was,  "Mr Arkhom said safety measures will be strictly enforced, aiming to reduce the numbers of death and injuries to zero".    Yeah right!    Now,  Maybe making a tiny bit more sense with,  "Thai govt pledges great effort on road safety".  Chok dee Kopp!

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Get children off motorbikes, jail parents who allow their children to ride bikes. Jail police who do not wear helmets.   Stop drives who hog the right hand lane.  make the police do their job properly not just try and fine farangs and pickup drivers.

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As always I wish this government the best in improving the problem. BUT, the real problem is the government itself.  All the departments mentioned in the article I seriously even think they have a idea as to how to reduce the problem. They all come from the same school of driving " This is Thailand "  system even if they had a real idea they don't have the absolute power to force the changes throughout the government body in Thailand. Personally, the Governor of Chon Buri couldn't get a rats a-s what the PM wants outside of a photo op!

Year after year it is the same song and dance, this year theme is to start safety early in childhood yet they continue the theme of what I call the " factory of death " which is allowing children to drive motorbikes so they can get to school. They are taught by their Thai parents/adult, pass on all the trades that are killing the greatest resource of the country.  The kids come and go breaking all the rules that are taught contradicting all the rules and laws that are required to obtain a license so when it is time to actually get one it is nothing more than a inconvenience they learn nothing since all the habits of death are already in place! 

You want to reduce the problem, every government Thai needs to be educated by outside sources given a alternative so they can actually purpose effective change. The Thais had their chance the entire situation needs to be given to a outside body with full powers ( Section 44 ) to implement solution and mostly enforce them and remove anyone who doesn't comply!   When Thais have no idea what a stop sign, moving over for emergency vehicles, making a simple left or right turn, properly merging into traffic, sharing the road with others you got the problem you got.

I wish them the best but if the past is any indication of the future they are just spinning the wheel.

It isn't that the Thai government are stupid or bad people they are just out of their element but losing face and asking for outside help is more important than reducing the problem.

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