The Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation is prepared to hold a rally aimed at promoting helmet safety on 14 February in Bangkok.
MD Thaejing Siripanich, Secretary General of the Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation, underlined an increase in road accidents and their severity in Thailand as well as massive losses of lives and properties on the road every year. Although the compulsory helmet law has been enforced in the country since 1996, only a small percentage of motorcyclists bother to wear the safety gear. Most common excuses among those riding unprotected include their short-distance commutes and discomfort while wearing helmets.
In line with the government’s accident reduction policy, MD Thaejing stated that the Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation would release a mobile campaign on 14 February through several streets in Bangkok, starting from Vibhavadi-Rangsit to Phahonyothin, the Victory Monument, Phayathai, Rama IV and Ratchadaphisek. With the cooperation from the National Police Office, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and related agencies, both public and private, the event will provide parents with helmets for their children and encourage them to pay attention to safety while riding motorcycles. Campaign activities, joined by about 100 volunteers, will be held at several spots along the route to promote helmet awareness.
According to statistics, more than 8,000 riders without helmets die each year in Thailand, 80 percent of them are between 15-25 years old. The other portion includes children under 15.