Thai Police announce road safety plans for New Year’s week

ฺBANGKOK (NNT) – As many people are heading home for the New Year holiday period, the Royal Thai Police have prepared measures to facilitate travelers and ensure their safety.

In ensuring people’s safety, smooth traffic flow and good service are the main objectives of the Royal Thai Police during the holidays, with some 80,000 officers ready to serve travelers nationwide. The officers will focus on reducing the number of road accidents and casualties by enforcing 10 traffic regulations, which deal with drink-driving, speeding, riding bikes without safety helmets and measures to regulate holiday traffic.

Police officers in each area are coordinating with developers to suspend construction projects along major routes, while 10-wheelers are not permitted to use five main routes between December 27, 2019, and January 3, 2020. The five routes are the Thap Kwang – Khlong Pai section on Mittraphap Road, Kabin Buri – Pak Thongchai, Kabin Buri – Nadee, Aranyaprathet – Nang Rong and Phahonyothin and Rangsiyothai roads in Nakhon Sawan province.

The Highway Police and their network partners are to man more than 2,000 rest stops for motorists nationwide. The Highway Police and the Department of Land Transport are to supervise public transport services. Public vehicle drivers must undergo alcohol checks before driving and restrictions on driving hours are also being applied. The Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, Pol. Gen. Suwat Chaengyodsuk, said today that most people are expected to leave Bangkok between December 27 and 31, 2019. Many of them are expected to return to the capital city from January 1 to 3, 2020. All officers are ready to serve the traveling public.

Police are also ready to facilitate passengers and tourists at international airports. The Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, Pol. Lt. Gen. Sompong Chingduang, has instructed officers at all airport immigration checkpoints to check the documents of travelers during the New Year period and prepare plans to deal with overcrowded terminals and long queues, as they will affect the country’s image.

To minimize losses and ensure travelers’ safety, all sides have to cooperate, help reduce risky driving behavior and follow traffic rules and regulations. This will lead to safe and happy celebrations during the New Year period.

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