BANGKOK – Thailand’s Interior Minister Gen. Anupong Paochinda on Thursday opened the road safety center, aiming to reduce the number of road accidents during the New Year holiday from Dec 27 to Jan 2.
The establishment of the center, which will operate for seven days is part of the comprehensive measures to reduce risks of road accidents when people return home in the provinces to celebrate the New Year festival with their families.
Under the road safety measures, the traffic law will be fully enforced and road service areas will be set up along highways to facilitate motorists. All vehicles’ safety standard will be strictly controlled.
Moreover, emergency medical services have been prepared to save the injured once accidents occur. The road safety measures will be focused in 144 districts, where the statistics showed the high rates of road accidents.
The interior minister said Thailand ranks ninth among 175 nations in terms of road fatalities and most accidents were involved motorcycles. The ministry targets to cut the number of road accidents as much as possible.
It is now that time of year when the Thai government publicize the daily accident reports from around Thailand. This year, the “Seven Dangerous Days of the New Year” is from 28th December 2017 to 3rd January 2018.
During the new year holiday last year, 478 people were killed in road accidents. The leading causes of accidents every year is drunk driving and speeding. Most accidents involve motorcycles.
The so-called “Seven Dangerous Days of the New Year” started on, 27th December, and runs until 2nd January. During this time many people head up country for holidays. Many also drink alcohol as part of the celebrations. Some of them then decide to drive home while intoxicated.
Source: TNA, Richard Barrows