This book presents that the situation on road safety has been eased for the 8th year since 2003 which is the key turning point of the road safety development in the Thai history. Under such period, the Road Safety Directing Center was established as a national policy mechanism following the National Safety Council. In the past, there are some significant differences between these two agencies in which that the Road Safety Directing Center was equipped with higher amount of budget, manpower, and knowledge as well as with continual political determination as compared to the National Safety Council. These suggest two different perspectives between two periods. One example is when there have been increasing international attentiveness which resulted in setting a new target of road safety to be improved twice times within 2020. In such case, the Thai government also officially agreed on the target. Over the past 8 years, the road safety in Thailand has been developed in the right direction as compared to the international standard. Nevertheless, there remains some uncertainty regarding the progress since indicators have not yet signified the magnitude and trend of loss in live whether they declined, remained unchanged, or increased. This is because the indicators are based on the information system which comprises of several data sources that have specific purpose and based on different methods. Fortunately, there have been light at the end of tunnel in which that several attempts were made to adjust the definition standard of each indicators and to integrate information from various data sources in order to achieve unified overall picture of road safety as well as to support additional use of data. It is believed that with strong determination and continual policy implementation, the progress should significantly be obtained in the near future.

Project’s Key Researcher: The ThaiRoads Foundation
Sponsor: The Road Safety Directing Center and Thai National Health Fund
Implementation Year: 2012-2013