CHIANG RAI – Permanent Secretary of the Interior Ministry, Kritsada Boonrat, stated that he has called on all agencies to strictly implement measures to prevent casualties from road accidents.
For this year, the Ministry of the Interior will be focusing on accident prevention along secondary routes in villages, subdistricts or communities with records of frequent accidents.
Provincial governors will have to work with other local administrative authorities to raise public awareness on the dangers of drunk driving in their communities.
Community leaders, volunteers and villagers are required to jointly devise regulations to curb road accidents. More checkpoints will also be set up in each village to spot drunk drivers.
As the so-called â€œSeven Dangerous Days of Songkranâ€ approach local police have been ordered to step up roadside checks for drunk drivers through out Chiang Rai Province.
Police will be issuing driving bans, fines and even impound vehicles of drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
Last year the Road Safety Centre report 364 deaths, 3,559 injuries and 3,373 accidents during the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran.
Thailand is ranked second in the world in terms of traffic fatalities, with 44 deaths per 100,000 people (5.1 percent of Thailandâ€™s overall deaths), according to statistics from the World Health Organization and The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in the United States.