The Ministry of Public Health launched a new campaign where motorcyclists who violate the road safety rule requiring them to wear a helmet, will result to a community service at hospitals and will make them care for patients with brain damage; a move supported by relevant agencies to enforce stricter traffic regulations and curb road fatalities.
Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said he hoped the punishment meted out to motorcycle drivers who don’t wear helmets will make them realize the importance of such regulations, Coconuts Bangkok reported. Piyasakol also added that there are 24,000 people who die from road accidents in Thailand each year. Of those road fatalities, 70 percent were motorcycle drivers who did not wear helmets.
Meanwhile, many who survived road accidents became permanently disabled.
Records shows that more than 2,200 have been killed in road accidents this year and at least 140,000 people injured from January 1 to March 11.
Last Saturday’s statistics reveal nearly 30 percent of injuries and deaths nationwide were caused by motorcycle accidents, and nearly all those treated from brain damage were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.