People urged to join campaign to stop “highway deaths”

People have been urged to take part in a campaign to “stop deaths on highways with traffic eye volunteers” has been jointly launched under a plan drawn up by a National Legislative Assembly (NLA) committee to reduce losses on highways.

The launch of the campaign was jointly declared on Wednesday (Dec 20) by Surachai Liangboonlertchai, first vice president of the NLA, deputy police chief Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, and Dr Taejing Siripanich, secretary-general of the Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation.

Dr Taejing said the Thai people should join hands to make roads in Thailand safe by volunteering to be “traffic eyes”.

He urged people to install a camera in their cars as a way of protecting themselves while driving, especially during the New Year. On seeing traffic law violations, they are advised to take video clips of what happens and send them to various social media.

“If your clips lead to the arrests of traffic law violators for legal action, you will receive a certificate of honour from the first vice NLA president (Mr Surachai) plus a cash reward,” Dr Taejing said.

He said Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has also asked the people to take part in the law enforcement under the supervision of Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, the police chief.

The Royal Thai Police will open a LINE channel for “traffic eye volunteers” to send their video clips of traffic violations.

Dr Taejing said Thailand is ranked No 1 in the world in terms of road deaths, with statistics showing that at least 22,000 people are killed in road accidents every year, causing an economic loss of at least 500 billion baht.

In the first 11 months of 2017, 13,000 people were killed on spots in road accidents, excluding those died at hospitals. The figure is expected to go up to 14,000 at the end of the year.

Dr Taejing said government authorities alone cannot solve this problem and the people’s participation is needed to reduce the highway deaths.