Road safety

Police support for a national road safety campaign

BANGKOK: More than 80,000 police officers will be assigned to improve road safety nationwide for inbound and outbound traffic during the New Year holidays.

Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapat said police will mobilize officers to reduce traffic jams and monitor road safety during the so-called dangerous seven days, reports the Bangkok Post.

More than 7.6 million cars are expected to leave and return to Bangkok from Dec.29 to Jan.4, up from six million last year, he said.

Outgoing roads are expected to face the worst traffic on December 30-31, and inbound roads will experience the same congestion on January 3.

Traffic agencies have been ordered to organize maps of bypasses and shortcuts, and to clear congested areas by Christmas Day.

Police will be stationed at resting points to provide snacks and water and give recommendations on traffic lanes.

Traffic Police, Hotline 119, Traffic Police Facebook Page, Traffic Control and Command Center, and Hotline 1197 will provide route information and respond to calls for help, did he declare.

Trucks with more than 10 wheels will be banned on certain roads from December 30 to 31 and January 2 to 4 to free traffic.

Truck drivers who need to travel on these days can apply for permission by accessing the website www.hwpdth.com.

Police will take legal action against those who break road safety laws, including motorcyclists riding on the wrong side of the road, or riding on trails, drivers who drink and drive, use red lights or speed up.