Phuket to remember victims

Phuket to remember victims of road traffic accidents on the island for the first time on November 25, as part of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket office confirmed today. The event, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, is observed around the world on the third Sunday of November this year on November 16 (tomorrow).

While Bangkok will hold World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims tomorrow on November 16, other provinces have been allowed by the Road Safety Directing Center [click here] to choose any date before the end of the month, Santhawat Riwleung, chief of the DDPM Phuket office, told the Phuket Gazette this morning. The DDPM will also organize a road safety seminar on the day for students of Phuket Polytechnic College. The seminar for the students will be on November 25 to help raise awareness of road safety, therefore reducing the number of traffic accidents on our roads every year, said Mr. Santhawat.

Poor awareness of safety issues was the main cause of traffic accidents among young people, he added. According to the Road Safety Directing Center, Phuket averaged 119 deaths a year from 2008-2010. In 2011 the number reached 140 deaths and then declined in 2012 to 81 recorded deaths, while 57 deaths were recorded last year.

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