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Many state agencies are now promoting campaigns to reduce the number of traffic accidents during the Songkran festival.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Transport also ensures that public transportation services can accommodate millions of travelers who will be planning to return to their hometowns this weekend.
The Excise Department also will be exercising strict control on the distribution of alcoholic drinks during the traditional Thai New Year.
Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, the Transportation and Communications Minister, stated that the campaign to promote traffic safety would begin from today until April 19.
The campaign’s slogan is ‘Happiness, Convenience and Safety for All Thais’ and coordinates with a number of parties from the private sector to carry out checks on all aspects of transportation and communications.
Accordingly, improvements to road, rail, shipping and air travel systems will be made to ensure their state of readiness for the coming Songkran festival, he said.
A main priority will be placed on ensuring the existing transportation services can adequately cope with the expected rise in passenger traffic and setting up a 24 hour public aid service.
The director-general of the Excise Department, Somchai Phunsawat meanwhile, revealed that a policy of strict control on alcoholic drinks distribution will be enforced during the festival.
Furthermore, Mr. Somchai stated that all contrabands such as black-market cigarettes and alcohol will not be tolerated.
Anyone found selling or distributing such goods will find their commercial permits revoked and face criminal charges.
Thailand Tobacco Monopoly will also be informed of any transgressions and the agent in question will permanently lose their tobacco distribution rights.