On 31 October 2018, AIP Foundation, under the Legal Development Program (LDP), with the support of WHO Thailand held the Seminar on Safe Motorcycles: A Way to Reduce Road Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Among Young People at Amari Don Muang Airport Bangkok Hotel. The seminar aimed to push for development and implementation of measures to improve the safety of young motorcycle riders – who, in Thailand, account for the majority of road crashes involving motorcycles.
In the morning, Thanachart Paliyawate, a LDP member and legal advisor for the Central Juvenile and Family Court, joined other panelists including Dr Thanapong Jinawong, chief of Road Safety Policy Foundation, Kornvika Boontanont, a researcher at Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Center and Supakorn Phobkhuntod, a youth representative, to discuss the safety of young motorcycle riders in the context of Thailand.
This was followed by a panel discussion in the afternoon on how to improve the safety of young motorcycle riders in a sustainable manner. The panelists included Dr Liviu Vedrasco, a World Health Organization representative, Oratai Junsuwanaruk, Thailand Country Manager of AIP Foundation, LDP member Supa Chotngam, the Department of Land Transport’s Legal Affairs Bureau Director and Vinai Kitchoke, senior advisor of the Thai Motorcycle Enterprise Association. In total, the one-day seminar was attended by approximately 50 participants from across sectors including secondary school students.
After this, AIP Foundation and partners will use today’s input to finalise the policy recommendations for improving the safety of young motorcycle riders and submit them to the task force on motorcycle-related crashes. Stay tuned for more updates!
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The Legal Development Program (LDP) is a collaboration between AIP Foundation Thailand and the World Health Organization (WHO) aiming to reduce road injuries and fatalities through legislative improvement. LDP is supported by the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS).