Chonburi to deploy 27 New Year’s checkpoints

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Chonburi will fill provincial roads with checkpoints throughout the New Year’s holiday in an effort to keep residents safe and happy.

Deputy Gov. Chawalit Saeng-Uthai chaired a Dec. 21 preparation meeting at Chonburi City Hall that was well attended by police, local authorities and organizations.

Chawalit stressed that the government wishes to prevent road accidents during the long holiday period. Safety initiatives require cooperation from police, volunteers, local authorities and organizations, he said.

Deputy Gov. Chawalit Saeng-Uthai chairs a preparation meeting to try and keep residents safe and happy on the nation’s roads during the “seven dangerous days” Dec 29 to Jan. 4.Deputy Gov. Chawalit Saeng-Uthai chairs a preparation meeting to try and keep residents safe and happy on the nation’s roads during the “seven dangerous days” Dec 29 to Jan. 4.

The “Happiness, Peace and Safe Driving” campaign is aimed at encouraging road users to drive with awareness and have a happy time during the New Year.

Also, Chonburi will be locating 27 checkpoints from Dec 29 to Jan. 4. Security will be extra tight during this period, which is known as the “seven dangerous days” when many road accidents occur. Curves, steep routes, railway crossings and others will be carefully watched during this period.

Siwkorn Buapong, head of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said more than 20 accidents occurred during 2015’s New Year’s holiday and 10 people were reported dead.

These casualties and injuries were reported as being due to drinking and driving. Most of the victims were local residents.