On September 10th 2012 at the Metropole Hotel Phuket, Dr.Weerapan Supanchaimat & Vice Governor of Phuket – Mr.Jamroen Thipayapongtada chaired a regional road safety project, which aims to reduce deaths by road accidents by 30% by the year 2013. The project was attended by 350 officials from the 14 southern provinces, including police, local government officials, transportation departments, public health officials, public relations officials, Departments of Education and Flying Division 7 from Surat Thani.
Dr.Siwat Sitamanot, a medical expert from Phuket Provincial Health Office said “Road accidents are a major cause of death not only in Thailand but all around the world. According to the World Health Organization, since 2007, every year the death toll from road accidents have been more than 1.2 million people worldwide. In Thailand, each year there are at least one million people injured as a result of an accident and more than 16,000 deaths. There is still a big problem with regards to unsafe road users, such as those who do not wear safety helmet when riding a motorcycle, and car drivers not wearing a seat belt. Furthermore, the highest rate of accidents is due to drink driving, which makes up about 30% of injuries. According to the Highways Agency, damage as a result of accidents reached 232,200 million baht in 2008, and the government sees this as a very important issue. The United Nations declared 2011-2020 the “Decade of Action for Road Safety”, which goal is to reduce the mortality rate to below 10 injuries per 100, 000 population by 2020.”
He added “The strategic plan for road safety is a national priority, which must be followed in all areas of Thailand”.