On 29th October 2012 at Phuket’s Rajabhat University, Phuket Provincial Police Commander -Maj. Gen Choat Chawalwiwat acted as chairman for the Seminar “Campaign for motorcycle riders and passengers to wear helmets”. The seminar was also attended by Director of Phuket Rajabhat University – Dr. Prapha Kayee, Associate Professor of Public Health Phuket – Dr.Wiwat Sitamanoj, Women’s Vice Air Marshal – Jiraporn Srisil, Ranong Provincial Police Deputy Commander – Pol.Col Wanchai Eakpornpit and around 200 community leaders, teachers and students. The seminar was held in order to make 100% of Phuket people to wear crash helmets when riding a motorcycle.
There are more than 1.2 million people worldwide killed as the result of a motoring accident, and over 50 million injured or disabled. According to World Health Organization records, Thailand is top of the table when it comes to injuries and deaths from road accidents. Therefore, the government has announced a policy to reduce the amount of traffic accidents throughout the country.
When it comes to Phuket, in the table of the amount of injuries and deaths from traffic accidents in Thailand, it is ranked in the top 5, with an average of 33/ 35 people injured per day, and more than 15 deaths per month. These figures mean that the death rate is 66.58 percent per one hundred thousand people, thus, 66.58 out of 100,000 people will die as the result of a road accident. More importantly, and unsurprisingly, the biggest cause of injuries and deaths is due to people not riding a helmet.