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It was reported this week by the Deputy permanent secretary of the Interior Ministry M.L Panada Disakul that Thailand now ranks third on the world for having the highest road traffic deaths. He told the 11th road safety seminar that in 2010 that the country experienced 38.1 road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants.
He went on to say that the Thai government had announced a ten year national policy on road safety from 2011 to 2020 in an attempt to reduce road accidents. In 2010 there were 26,000 deaths on the roads of Thailand. In the same year the World Health Organization released a list that put Thailand third behind Eritrea that has a rate of 48.4 and Libya with 40.5.
M.L Panada said that the reason fatalities remained so high was due to factors such as drink driving, not wearing a helmet and speeding.
An Australian road safety expert has suggested the best way to tackle the road safety issues in Thailand would be to encourage people to be aware of traffic rules and stringently enforcing them.
Presiding over the opening of an international conference held in BITEC, M.L Panada said Thailand, as a member of the United Nations (UN) need to push harder in promoting road safety in a bid to lower the number of casualties caused by road accidents.
The country has now set a target of drop of 50% by 2020.
The cabinet has approved the idea of making 2011 – 2020 a decade of road safety, the country is set to promote rod safety as a national agenda to raise awareness of the issue. The prime objective is to cut the nations mortality rate to under 10 people for every 100,000 of the population.