On November 8th, at the meeting room 1 of Phuket Provincial Public Health Office, Pol. Maj. Gen. Pikad Tantipong, the Commander of Phuket Provincial Police, presided over a meeting to develop ways to reduce traffic accidents in Phuket. There were many related government sectors attending the meeting including Paiboon Upatising, the President of Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization, Dr. Wiwat Sitamanote, Deputy Chief of Phuket Public Health Office and representatives from other related government offices such as Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Phuket Road Office, Police stations, and hospitals in Phuket.
In the meeting, there was a presentation on the results of practical research named ‘A development of the practice with participation, resource, and capacity in Phuket to reduce people dying from traffic accidents’. The target group in the research was 16 representatives from the organization that are concerned with traffic accident reductions and 100 representatives from families living in the risky areas. Log books, reports, interviews, and questionnaires were used to collect the data during September 2009 – July 2010.
The results indicated that using the information technology system beginning with a ‘Dead Case Conference’ to create participation, goal setting, using empirical data, principles, resource, and capacity, led to the right way to reduce traffic accidents concretely.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Pikad added that the causes of traffic accidents in Phuket were driver behavior, especially drunken drivers, speedy driving, road conditions, and traffic law enforcement. The right way to reduce the accidents was to change driving behavior of people. The ‘100% helmet’ project and ‘don’t drink and drive’ campaign had proved that they directly helped reduce people injured or dying from traffic accidents, so they would be expanded across the island from 1 January 2011. However, the projects needed participation from every sector to make them more effective.