Police target cutting number of accident during Songkran holiday

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BANGKOK, April 10 — The agencies under the Royal Thai Police have joined forces to cut the number of road accidents during Songkran holiday April 12-19. 

National Police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew launched a campaign to reduce and prevent road accidents in which all agencies have mobilised their forces to achieve the target.

Metropolitan Police Bureau, Provincial Police Region 1-9, Traffic Division, Highway Police Division, Tourist Police Division, Police General Hospital and other agencies will prepare their personnel, vehicles and equipment to promptly respond to accidents.

They would also facilitate the flow of traffic during the five-day holiday period to prevent accidents.

Gen Adul said the campaign will focus on protecting lives and assets, warning of risk from drinking while driving and encouraging seasonal celebrants to enjoy the festive season safely and economically.

Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawichai, chief of the Police Traffic Division, said the traffic would be closed during April 13-15 between 2pm-9pm at Khao San and Silom Roads for neighbourhood Songkran festival celebrations.

Cleanup operations will be completed by midnight to prepare the roads for the next day of celebration.

In case of emergency, police can be reached at hotline number 1599.