Police campaigning for safe drive on Songkran holidays

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BANGKOK, 6 April 2012 – The national police bureau has launched a road-safety campaign to reduce accidents during the upcoming Songkran holidays. 

Pol.Gen. Somyot Phumphanmuang, a senior police advisor, on Friday led 12 female police officers and a number of volunteers in publicizing the road safety campaign at the busy Ratchaprasong Junction. They handed out leaflets on road safety while the song “Songkran, Drink Don’t Drive”, composed for the campaign, was played and the female officers danced to the tune of music, to draw public attention.

Pol.Gen. Somyot said the police commissioner-general has instructed police units in every region to discuss the campaign with community leaders to ensure public participation, particulary drivers of motorcycles.

According to Pol.Gen. Somyot, more than 80% of road accidents during Songkran happened to motorcyclists who did not wear crash helmets, and most of the accidents took place on minor roads.