Soldiers to enforce traffic laws during Songkran festivities

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Soldiers to enforce traffic laws during Songkran festivities

Post by buksida » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:58 am

Soldiers will be brought in to help enforce traffic laws during the Songkran festival next month, which will again see drunk drivers having their vehicles temporarily impounded, according to defence spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich.

Lt Gen Kongcheep said a Defence Council meeting Monday decided to have military units support provincial road safety centres during the festival.

The soldiers will help enforce road rules in order to reduce road accidents during the Songkran period from April 11 to 17.

The spokesman said the council meeting, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, also instructed soldiers to set an example by strictly obeying traffic laws.

Like last year's Songkran festival, authorities will seize vehicles from drivers caught over the legal alcohol limit. The vehicles will be impounded for the duration of the holiday or until the drivers have sobered up, depending on what other traffic offences they may have committed, Lt Gen Kongcheep said.

Drink driving and speeding are the most common causes of fatal road accidents. Statistics show most traffic accidents during the holidays involve motorcycles.

"What the government tries to do each year during festive periods is to prevent or reduce road accidents," he said, adding the consequences of which can be catastrophic.

The spokesman added that intelligence sources were monitoring security in the lead up to and during Songkran.

Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... estivities
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