Stricter traffic rules to prevent road fatalities during Songkran Festival


BANGKOK – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has instructed every agency related to road safety to campaign against drunk driving during the renowned Songkran festival next month. 

NCPO Deputy Spokesperson Col Sirichan Nga-thong said the council expressed concern over road safety during the festival, which goes from April 12 – 14. Checkpoints will be set up in various spots across the country to facilitate traffic, suppress illegal activities, and provide first aid treatment.

Authorities have been instructed to strictly enforce road rules to safeguard the lives of motorists during the festival period. Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is gearing up to organize this year’s festival under a traditional theme at Sanam Luang.

A famous Buddha statue ‘Buddha Sihing’ will be transported from the National Museum Bangkok and placed at Sanam Luang for people to pay their respects. The 50 district offices in the capital city are also expected to observe Songkran in a traditional manner at a temple within each district.