A top Royal Thai Police official gave hard plastic helmets to Pattaya motorcyclists in an attempt to reduce injuries in road accidents.
Deputy national police chief Pol. Gen. Wirachai Songmetta opened an April 6 road-safety campaign at the Little Walk Pattaya Project emphasizing safe driving, no drunk driving and wearing helmets.
He presented 200 helmets equipped with cameras to police officers at the Pattaya, Banglamung and Najomtien stations, and 200 more helmets to the public that were donated by Sale International Thailand Co.
Wirachai said road accidents skyrocket during the Thai New Year people with 417 people killed in 3,724 accidents last year. The overwhelming majority of those involved motorcycles.
Deaths and injuries were caused by people not wearing helmets and driving while under the influence, he said.
Police were instructed to strictly enforce traffic laws.