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It is often said in Thailand that one of the most foolish things anyone can do on the streets is to assume that Zebra Crossings are safe.
Most people with any experience of Thailand will know that few cars – if any – stop for pedestrians waiting hopefully by the black and white lines.
Drivers are meant to stop according to the law but police rarely do anything unless perhaps there is an accident.
This has led many to suggest that zebra crossings are more dangerous than taking your life into your hands and crossing elsewhere.
Now the Thai police are trying to rectify this situation. Spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen said that the police intended to work to ensure the safety of zebra crossings in Thailand especially those situated by schools, temples, hospitals, important buildings, business areas and tourist locations.
INN reported that it was all part of wider measures to follow through on comments made by Royal Thai Police chief General Chakthip Chaijinda about promoting road safety. Those comments are in the caption of our picture today.
The media said that the police would be working with many interested parties to promote safety for all on the roads.
The police would work on surveys with the Interior Ministry, the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA), the Education Ministry, the Public Health Ministry, the Communications Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
Krissana said everyone has to pull together on this matter to improve the safety situation especially in observing correct speed limits.
Thaivisa notes that the Thai roads have an annual death toll of around 25,000 people that ranks in the top two of per capita fatalities of any country on earth.
That being said Pol Col Krissana then made a comment that will resonate with many people regarding the danger of Thai roads.
“It’s all about enforcement,” he said.