DDPM aims to reduce accidents during Songkran Festival


BANGKOK, 6 April 2014  — Government authorities are continuing to tighten measures to try to prevent and decrease deaths caused by auto accidents during the New Year and Songkran festivals, according to Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Director-General, Chatchai Phromlert. 

During the nationwide so-called Seven Days of Danger when the new year brings a big uptick in accidents, 2,500 major traffic checkpoints will be established throughout the country, and there will be altogether more than 15,000 co-checkpoints, including village and community checkpoints.

According to the cabinet’s resolution on March 18, the measures will be changed from being centrally operated to allowing local authorities to carry out goals and to help prevent problems that lead to fatal accidents.