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Thailand is consistently one of the most dangerous places to drive in the world, and the roads of Samui specifically hold countless dangers to all motorists that use our roads. Over the past 5 years, Thailand averages 35 road deaths per 100,000 citizens; which is significantly higher than any other country in Southeast Asia. Motorbikes account for over 70% of these incidents and promoting a culture that obeys and respects all vehicles on the road is the foundation to changing this problem.
Lamai International School will be holding an event at the viewpoint between Chaweng and Lamai on Wednesday March 28th for our 2nd Slow Down Samui Campaign. Students will be travelling to Lad Koh viewpoint from 1pm to 3pm to raise awareness of road safety on Samui. LIS students will be handing out informative pamphlets, free helmets, and cold beverages to members of the public to encourage drivers to be mindful of speed limits and other risks involved on Koh Samui’s roads. Last year was a great success – having help from local police and hotels around the island we were able to raise awareness of road safety on Samui.
Our goals this year include:
-advocating helmets for all motorbike riders and passengers
-following the allocated speed limits on the roads
-promoting safe driving, and understanding of the rules of the road
-spreading awareness of the dangers that exist on the roads
-funding to put towards road maintenance
If you would like to help increase road safety on Koh Samui, LIS will be accepting helmet and money donations as well as selling Slow Down Samui t-shirts. On Friday March 23rd, Lamai International School will have a booth at Fishermans Village walking street beside Bar Baguette to promote the event and sell t-shirts. All money and helmets donated will be re-invested into future campaigns for road safety and injured victims of road accidents.