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07 July 2007 :: 13:07:02 pm 26741

Pattaya Road Safety Campaign Targets High School Students

Pattaya Public Health and Environment Office is currently organizing a public road safety campaign to improve the consciousness of the public as regards the dangers of drunk driving in an effort to prevent road traffic accidents. The campaign puts a high profile on the need to teach safe driving methods to high school students, who are among the worst offenders.
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On 4th July 2007, at Pattaya School # 8, Mr. Ronakit Akasing, Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City, chaired the meeting to inaugurate the Traffic Accident Prevention Campaign, the catchwords of which are “Don’t Drive Drunk” and “Wear a Crash Helmet”. The reason that high school students at Pattaya School #8 were targeted in relation to this road safety campaign is that 90 % of its students use motorbike to go to school.

Because Pattaya is a thriving tourist city with a large population, inevitably it has growing traffic problems, the largest single one being the high incidence of road traffic accidents, many of which are fatal.

The two main causes of road accidents have been categorized as external environmental factors and driver behavior. Pattaya school # 8, on average suffers between 1-2 accidents each month. Those are minor to serious accidents, which inevitably affect both the health and education of the students.

At the road safety campaign, many activities were provided for students to learn how to prevent accidents, including a walking rally to promote safety consciousness, especially wearing crash helmets. There was also another activity which aims to teach how to give first aid to accident victims. The organizers will evaluate the training exercise to see if it has had any noticeable effect in raising the consciousness of the students in terms of accident prevention after a month.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Announcement News

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