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Vice governor of Phuket has set a five-year target of halving traffic mortality

According to the World Health Organization, Thailand has the tenth highest road death rate in the world, with 32.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Thailand’s goal for 2027, as with Phuket, is to reduce this number to 12 individuals per 100,000. He stated that the goal of “Vision Zero” for 2050 is to entirely eradicate road fatalities and severe injuries. Phuket has already recorded 42 road deaths this year, which is halfway through 2022. According to Anupap, changing current reality will necessitate numerous stages. These include improved road markings, additional traffic warning signs, and public awareness programs. At a meeting yesterday, Phuket Vice Governor Anupap declared a five-year aim for reducing traffic mortality on the island.

In Phuket, this would equate to 41 road deaths every year. Last year, 70 people died on Phuket’s roads. Phuket would have to drop its current road mortality rate in half to attain the 2027 target. Local governments aim to host driver awareness events once a month, according to Anupap. According to the vice governor, these events would teach drivers the consequences of inattentive driving and traffic offenses. Municipalities will report on their efforts to Phuket’s road safety committee once a month. The public will have to wait and see how much of a difference Anupap and Prayut can make in Thailand’s road safety.

Anupap’s speech follows Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-announcement cha’s last month that Thailand’s overall objective for 2027 was to reduce road deaths by roughly two-thirds. The target for 2027, according to Anupap, is to have just 12 deaths per 100,000 people. So that drivers rigorously follow the law, operations such as strict enforcement of the law by responsible officials and prosecution of violators for non-compliance with the law to obtain the maximum penalty are carried out. Following a well-publicized incident in January in which a motorcycle collided with and killed an eye doctor at a zebra crossing in Bangkok, a study revealed some disturbing statistics. At 12 zebra crossings in Bangkok, two organizations looked at how many automobiles, motorcycles, and public vehicles stopped for pedestrians. They discovered that 89 percent of people would not stop.

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