Thailand determined to achieve the goals of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

The Prime Minister of Thailand, the Honorable Abhisit Vejjajiva, expressed his country's active support to the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 in a video statement.

"Thailand will work on projects and activities that are beneficial to the campaign for road safety, to reduce the losses to the country, the region, and the world at large," the Prime Minister said.

Thailand suffers on average 25 road deaths daily, or one loss of life per hour. The economic cost from road traffic deaths and injuries is as high as 230 billion Baht, or about 2.8% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product annually.

The Government of Thailand has set the goal to reduce the number of deaths resulting from road crashes by half by 2020. The effort covers road safety management, infrastructure, vehicles, drivers’ behaviour, and emergency medical systems.

"It is now time for everyone to seriously join hands and help solve the problem" the Prime Minister noted.

Video statement