Outbound traffic from Bangkok already congested; more cars expected on road this holiday

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BANGKOK, 12 April 2013  Outbound traffic in Bangkok’s north started to become congested since the afternoon of Thursday April 11, and highway police expects that there will be more cars on the road during this Songkran travel period than any holidays past. 

Northeast-bound commuters on the Mittraphap Road segment in Nakhon Ratchasima experienced periodic slowdowns in the afternoon, and the highway police expected that more cars will add to the mass at night.

In Nakhon Sawan province traffic on the highway grind to a standstill at several spots, and traffic police were urging drivers to divert to the Nakhon Sawan-Kamphaeng Phet route for their own convenience.

Police Major General Phongsit Saengphet, commander of the Highway Police, indicated that new warning signs have been installed at problematic spots on highways, such as the Doi Saket-Chiang Mai highway number 318, where a large number of cars had plunged down the cliff due to excess speed when cornering. Another example is the Mittraphap Road segment between Pak Chong and Thap Kwang between Nakhon Ratchasima and Saraburi, where many drivers exceed the speed limit despite signs warning of frequent accidents in that stretch.