NCPO steps up road safety measures


BANGKOK – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has asked the public for cooperation in following suggestions from security agents to bolster their safety following the discovery that over 3,000 drunk drivers took to roads during the first 3 days of Songkran. 

Deputy Spokesperson for the NCPO, Col Sirichan Ngathong has acknowledged that traffic congestion has increased due to the large number of Songkran revelers traveling across the nation. She stated that military units have been dispatched to assist police in facilitating the holiday travel.

Agents will be strictly operating under the “No Drink and Drive, Vehicle Seizure” concept created by the NCPO to ensure road safety. Col Sirichan urged all members of the public to listen to security officers for their own safety.

More than 3,000 drunk drivers were pulled off roads during the first 3 days of the Songkran holiday. Up to 1,994 have been prosecuted with 255 having their licenses revoked and 75 having their cars impounded. Those whose vehicles were seized will be able to retrieve them only after Songkran.