PM orders officials to enforce New Year accident prevention measures


BANGKOK  – The Road Safety Center has adopted a pro-active approach to controling drunk drivers, sending out patrol units to monitor venues where major celebrations are taking place this evening. Meanwhile the Prime Minister has conveyed a message of safety and care to the general public in their travels, and has ordered all agencies to provide maximum safety measures.

The Government Spokesman Narumon Pinyosinwat revealed today that the Prime Minister had extended his moral support to officials and volunteers who are working to assist and ensure the safety of the traveling public.

He has urged all agencies to play a dedicated role in pursuing safety measures, put in place in order to minimize the number of accidents. He has also asked the general public to be cautious while traveling and obey traffic laws for their own safety.

The Road Safety Center has ordered provinces to implement accident prevention and reduction measures in full, and place checkpoints, especially during the period from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on main and local roads where most accidents tend to occur.

Patrol units will be deployed to maintain public safety around events celebrating New Year’s Eve from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. to stop and arrest drunk drivers. Punishments for alcohol-involved accidents where drivers are below 20 years old will be extended to the parents and sellers of alcoholic drinks.