First Safe School Zone Opens in Thai­land with Sup­port from Fedex and Safe Kids

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Member News -

Fedex Ex­press and Safe Kids Thai­land opened the first Safe School Zone in Thai­land on Novem­ber 16. The pro­ject was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween com­mu­nity lead­ers, teach­ers and stu­dents at the Jumpee­wanida­porn Pri­mary School in the small district of Nai Wiang in Nan Prov­ince.

“The Safe School Zone is a des­ig­nated area in which pedes­tri­ans and road safety haz­ards are iden­ti­fied and fixed. The aim is to make walk­ing to and from school safer for stu­dents,” ex­plained Safe Kids Thai­land spokesper­son, Adisak Pl­it­ponkarn­pim, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor and Di­rec­tor, Child Safety Pro­mo­tion and In­jury Preven­tion.

The multi- phased ini­tia­tive be­gan in Jan­uary 2015 in an ef­fort to re­duce the num­ber of child- re­lated road ac­ci­dents. Phase one of the pro­ject in­volved re­search and sur­veys to find safety trou­ble spots in the school’s neigh­bor­hood. In phase two, the com­mu­nity worked to­gether to make im­prove­ments, such as cov­er­ing holes on roads and walk­ways, erect­ing signs at dan­ger­ous road curves, re­in­forc­ing the school gates, and ask­ing street ven­dors to move their stalls from pave­ments near the school.

“This pro­ject ad­dresses one of the big- gest safety is­sues in Thai­land to­day. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion re­cently de­clared roads in Thai­land to be the se­cond most dan­ger­ous in the world, with many road- re­lated deaths in­volv­ing pedes­tri­ans,” said David Car­den, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Fedex Ex­press Thai­land and In­dochina. “This is why Fedex is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing road safety for chil­dren in Thai­land, who are es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble to road haz­ards.”

“We sup­port com­mu­nity- led projects that make our roads and pave­ments safer, and we’re de­lighted that more than 500 Jumpee­wanida­porn school stu­dents and their par­ents will ben­e­fit from the first Safe School Zone in Thai­land,” added Car­den.

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