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Thailand third worst in the world for road deaths; Phuket killing someone every three days

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Thailand third worst in the world for road deaths; Phuket killing someone every three days
Phuket Gazette

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Dr Thanapong Jinvong says Thailand has the third highest annual rate of road traffic deaths in the world. Photo: Saran Mitrarat

PHUKET: -- Over 300 people from throughout Southern Thailand yesterday concluded a two-day seminar geared to develop methods to reduce road-traffic deaths.

Thailand currently ranks third in the world in annual road-death rates, with 38 fatalities per 100,000 people. Only Niue (a Polynesian island whose name translates to "Behold the Coconut") and the the Dominican Republic have higher rates, said Thanapong Jinvong, Director of the Academy of Road Safety at the National Health Foundation.

“Someone dies in Thailand from a road accident every half an hour. In Phuket, we have one death every three days. That's why it is imperative that we find a way to reduce the death rate,” Dr Thanapong told the Phuket Gazette.

“We've set a goal to reduce the number to 1:10,000.”

Phuket's "success" in reducing road deaths made the province the ideal location for the road-safety seminar, said Wiwat Seetamanotch of the Phuket Provincial Traffic Accident Support Team.

“We've managed to reduce road deaths from 200 in 2007 to 111 in 2013,” Dr Wiwat said. “We expect to have fewer than 100 road deaths this year.”

Phuket's heaviest fatality rates occur between 6pm and 10pm, and again from midnight to 1am, explained Dr Wiwat. In the evening, the roads are crowded with people returning home from work, who are often tired and want to get home quickly. The late-night accidents are often caused by drunken drivers, he added.

The more we know about what causes road accidents, the more we are able to prevent them, Dr Thanapong stressed.

Dr Wiwat listed many of the measures taken since accident-prevention plans in Phuket were implemented in 2005: installation of more traffic lights; operating some traffic lights 24 hours a day; changing gradients on dangerous curves; changing road surfaces to increase friction; adding rubber strips; putting reflectors on guard rails; installing speed cameras; and adding warning signs.

“We've also had success convincing people to wear helmets. For the last three years, Phuket has ranked number two in Thailand for helmet use,” Dr Wiwat said.

Police are also doing their part by stepping up the number of people they stop for riding without helmets or driver's licenses, he noted.

However, one of the most critical things to do is to change how Thais think about accidents, Dr Thanapong said.

Thais have traditionally felt that accidents occur because of bad fortune, or other kinds of mysterious forces. An Assumption University poll showed that 26 per cent of a survey group believed that accidents could not be prevented.

“We need to change those mental constructs," Dr Thanapong said. "They must also realize that road accidents can happen anywhere and at any time.”

Those taking part in the seminar, held at the Boat Lagoon, developed safety plans to be implemented once they return to their home provinces. The group plans to meet again in May to discuss progress, and then in August to discuss their results.

Source: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket_news/2014/Thailand-third-worst-in-the-wold-for-road-deaths-Phuket-killing-someone-every-three-days-24395.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2014-01-25

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One of the 2 countries Thailand above only has a population of about 1500. So a single death there soon raises the death rate.

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I had realised that Thailand has a bad road death record, but I had not expected it to be so high on a world scale.

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These numbers are higher than I have read in other articles about road deaths in Thailand. If the rate is 38 per 100,000 and Thailand's population is 66.8 million, that is 25,384 deaths per year.

However, the same article then says that one person dies every half hour. That comes to 17,520 fatalities.

The official government numbers are about 13,000 but these only list deaths at the scene of the accident and do not count victims who die later in hospital or at home. So 17,520 is probably a better approximation of the real number. That then works out at 26 deaths per 100,000.

I am not saying that this is still not a problem but accurate numbers do help.

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A road safety campaign or brain washing out of old and dangerous driving habits is best served up in prime time TV. Showing all the blood and guts at meal time across all channels. Another less brutal series of ads should be aimed at the kids prime time as well so they can learn about being a safe passenger by putting pressure on the driver to be more careful.

In the end the quickest way to fix the problem is to reward the good drivers and punish the bad ...it's that simple

Every now and again I see very graphic accident pics at the local municipal bus station. All the gore you could ask for. For whatever reason people either ignore or don't seem to notice.

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These numbers are higher than I have read in other articles about road deaths in Thailand. If the rate is 38 per 100,000 and Thailand's population is 66.8 million, that is 25,384 deaths per year.

However, the same article then says that one person dies every half hour. That comes to 17,520 fatalities.

The official government numbers are about 13,000 but these only list deaths at the scene of the accident and do not count victims who die later in hospital or at home. So 17,520 is probably a better approximation of the real number. That then works out at 26 deaths per 100,000.

I am not saying that this is still not a problem but accurate numbers do help.

Re-read the article. It says 1 person every three days in PHUKET, not in all of Thailand.

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