Interior Ministry on course to launch anti-road accident campaign during Songkran

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BANGKOK, 13 March 2013 The Interior Ministry is getting ready to launch an anti-road accident campaign for the upcoming Songkran holidays. 

Permanent Secretary for Interior Wiboon Sanguanpong revealed on Tuesday that the Road Safety Center is now prepared to launch an anti-road accident campaign for the Songkran holidays, during April 11 and 17.

Mr. Wiboon stated that the upcoming campaign is still intended to help lower road casualties after statistics collected during the Thai New Year festival from 2010 to 2012 showed an average of 469 road accidents and as many as 45 lost their lives each day during the holiday period.

The Permanent Secretary for Interior said that drunk driving and speeding continued to be the top-2 causes of road accidents while motorcycles were still the number-1 victims in 2012.

Mr. Wiboon added that Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan has expressed concern over the safety of holidaymakers during the Songkran festival and instructed all related offices throughout the country to integrate preventive measures to minimize the number of road accidents this year.

Moreover, the Interior Ministry is now collaborating with all Buddhist temples nationwide to actively and seriously promote serene and traditional Songkran celebration and activities on their grounds, said the Permanent Secretary for Interior.