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Minster targets 20,000 less accidents a year in “culture of safety” initiative

A leading member of the government has called for ” a long term culture of safety” to be initiated on the Thai roads. 

Deputy interior minister Niphon Bunyamanee wants to see 20,000 less accidents on the Thai roads per year. 

And he wants a dent in the number of fatalities that have seen the Thai roads named as some of the most deadly on earth. 

Niphon admitted that the death toll per year is higher than 20,000 though he was not more specific. 

He said this needs to be addressed as the impact was devastating both in terms of personal loss as well as economic impact.

He stated in Chiang Mai that the government is getting serious about the state of the roads and plans to implement many measures to combat the loss of life and damage to property. 

He mentioned several initiatives and commented upon law enforcement saying that the north and Chiang Mai province in particular could be at the forefront of change.

He was speaking at a conference attended by 500 civil servants including the Governor of Chiang Mai at The Empress Hotel. 

A backdrop to the event indicated that the north and north east were trying to create a long term culture of safety on the Thai roads. 

Niphon was pictured in front of a cartoon character having a go on what appeared to be a motorcycle game in front of a computer screen. 

Several smiling civil servants were pictured with him and on stage giving a thumbs up. 

Thai Visa /  Daily News

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