Thai PM urges motorcycle riders to wear helmets

 Thai PM urges motorcycle riders to wear helmets

Thai girl riding a Yamaha motorcycle in Phuket. Photo: Rene Ehrhardt.



BANGKOK, 27 January 2011 (NNT) – Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has encouraged motorcycle riders to wear helmets to protect themselves from injuries and fatalities in road accidents, targeting to reduce the number of fatalities caused by accident by half within 2020.

Speaking as he presided over an event to launch the campaign on Thursday, the Prime Minister admitted that road accidents had been causing heavy losses for people so far. He then asked all motorcycle riders to wear helmets to save themselves while the authorities should set examples.

Prime Minister Abhisit announced that the government would try to cut the fatality rate caused by accidents by half within 2020 or no more than 10 fatalities per 100,000 people. He promised that the government would also upgrade helmet standard at the same time.

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