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The Royal Thai Police has revealed that it has arrested over 100,000 motorists for traffic offenses during the long holiday, with most cases involving motorcycle drivers failing to wear helmets.
Deputy Spokesperson for the Royal Thai Police Pol. Col. Krisana Pattanacharoen revealed that Commissioner-General Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda had instructed all law enforcement agencies to focus on the prevention, suppression, and public awareness of traffic offenses, as well as their role as public servants.
As of July 19th, authorities have inspected over one million vehicles since the start of the long holiday. The inspections resulted in over 100,000 arrests, mostly from not wearing a helmet or seatbelt. Pol Col Krisana gave his apologies on behalf of the Royal Thai Police for any delays caused by police checkpoints, saying that the checkpoints are for the prevention of drug trafficking.
In preparation for the large number of people traveling back to Bangkok, the police spokesperson said the Commissioner-General has tasked all divisions, especially Provincial Police Regions 1, 2 and 7, as well as the Metropolitan Police Bureau, with providing public services in addition to their policing duties. Authorities have been instructed to swiftly assist vehicle breakdowns, as they can be a major cause of traffic congestion.
As for public transportation vehicles, Pol Col Krisana affirmed that authorities will strictly monitor vehicles for potential traffic violations, especially breaches in speed limits, in order to ensure safety for the public.