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Half of Thai parents wear helmets – but only one in 14 bother to give them to their kids

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It has been revealed that only one in fourteen children who ride motorcycles with their parents are given helmets to wear.

While parents on average wear helmets 46% of the time their kids are only kitted out 7% of the time. 

Half of Thai parents wear helmets - but only one in 14 bother to give them to their kids | News by Samui Times

A leading safety expert has said that this behavior has to change if this aspect of the appalling death toll on Thailand’s roads is to change. 

Daily News were following up on the case of a man near Bangkok who paid a fine of 200 baht after a rant at a police station over his three year old not wearing a helmet on the way to kindergarten last week. 

The father said he didn’t know it was the law. 

Dr Withaya Chartbanchachai, who leads several groups trying to reduce deaths and injuries from road accidents, said that 80% of deaths on the roads involve motorbikes. And 15% of these are children under 15. 

He said this represented 2,500 deaths. (Thaivisa assumes that he meant this as the annual motorcycle death toll among this age group on the roads). 

He said that evidence shows that the head makes up more of a percentage of a young person’s body so this means they are particularly vulnerable to death from head trauma in the event of an accident.

“It is not just about the terrible death toll and injuries that we see on the Thai roads,” said Dr Withaya. “It is about showing young children and youth that helmets are good and developing skills and habits that they can take forward with them into their adult lives in the future.” 

He said that helmets are available for young children in three sizes: 1-2 year old, 3 – 5 year old and for the 5-11 year old age range. 

He suggested that the state should have a scheme whereby parents could exchange helmets as their children grow in order to mitigate the cost factor. 

He said that a 2017 survey showed that only 46% of adults in Thailand wear helmets. This is down to just 18% when it comes to youth and a paltry 7% among little children with their parents on bikes. 

Thaivisa notes that the figures quoted by Dr Withaya suggest that motorcycle death among young people is rivaling that caused by drowning in Thailand. 

This was previously stated as around the 2,500 annual mark and said to be the leading cause of death of young people in the kingdom. 

Thai Visa / Daily News

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