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The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has joined with the administrations of 7 major Thai cities to elevate the prevention of traffic accidents in response to new statistics indicating 3 Thais are hurt on the road every hour.
DDC Director-General Dr. Amnuay Gajeena was joined by representatives from Pattaya city, Nakhon Ratchasima Municipality, Udon Thani Municipality, Nakhon Si Thammarat Municipality, Khao Roob Chang City of Songkhla, Chiang Mai Municipality and Khon Kaen Municipality in launching “7 Cities Join Against Traffic Accidents”, a campaign to reduce road incidents in the nation’s major cities.
Dr. Amnuay indicated that the World Health Organization has noted Thailand as having the second highest rate of road fatalities in the world. The country experiences 24,000 road fatalities a year, or 3 every hour, while up to 1 million of its citizens are injured in traffic accidents with up to 7,000 a year ending up permanently disabled. All together, the incidents result in 200 billion baht in economic losses for the country annually.
Under the new campaign, the DDC will work with local administrations to encourage the wearing of helmets, dissuade drivers from using their mobile phones while on the road and to rid the nation of drivers under the influence. The campaign aims to make Thailand one of the safest nations to drive in, in ASEAN.