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Fact Finding About School Zone: A Case Study In Regional Cities Of Thailand


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S. Suttayamully


A survey of school zones in regional Thailand has discovered several unacceptable facts related to safety. School zones in regional cities of Thailand have been neglected for safety treatment: - no warning signs, lack of clear identification, poor traffic management, lack of traffic discipline, etc. The safe gap is also insufficient for a child to cross safely without authorized personnel to facilitate the crossing process. The speed profile along a school route was found to be a little low in front of the school due to chaotic conditions during rush hour, but the average speed is still higher than the speed limit. In addition, driver discipline is not acceptable due to mismanagement of law enforcement. Moreover, sidewalk blockage by street vendors, fixed objects, etc. creates an unpleasant condition for pedestrians, forcing them to use the road surface as a walking path. Without good management, these conditions lead to hazardous conditions to pedestrians. In addition, chaotic conditions create a bad example, and thus cause bad travel behaviour and misunderstanding of traffic discipline in the younger generation. Providing proper environmental adaptation, road marking, signs, and training on our target schools prove that to get a safer environment in school areas we need to invest in some way. Keywords: safety gap, school zone, traffic discipline, traffic calming. 1 Introduction Recently, the Thailand Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) conducted reviews of school zones in Thailand, with the results showing that many urgent issues need to be addressed. A School zone is an area where accidents and near miss incidents are one of the problems facing our community. The situation is


safety gap, school zone, traffic discipline, traffic calming.