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Shock horror tactics employed to stop under fifteens driving to school on motorcycles

Authorities in Ubon came together in front of a school yesterday to try to stop one aspect of Thailand’s appalling road carnage:

Death of students under 15 riding to school on motorcycles.

Even though it is illegal there has been a big rise in recent years of children aged 10-14 dying on motorcycles on the way to school or riding home.

Yesterday in front of Nareenukun School a campaign was launched to stop the carnage. It was attended by governor of the north eastern Thai province Somsak Jangtrakun, police, child protection groups and health and local authorities.

They set up a damaged motorcycle, some fake blood, an outline of a dead student, a book bag and scattered books to shock students and their parents into changing their behavior.

A survey of nine provinces has shown that while deaths in recent years of the under 10s has decreased in the age group of 10-14 year olds there has been a 28% rise in death on motorcycles.

In 2015 alone 943 deaths were reported among under 15s on the roads. Of these 575 or 61% were in the 10-14 age group and of those 378 died as a result of riding motorcycles.

Thai Visa /  Thai Rath

 

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