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D Day to begin Thursday on traffic violations

Beginning Thursday, motorists violating five traffic offences will be dealt with seriously by laws.

But before the police tough action, a PR campaign will be launched tomorrow to inform the public that the police will begin to strictly enforce traffic laws with fines and arrests in five major violations.

traffic bangkokThey are overtaking cars in prohibited areas, stopping beyond crossing lines, blocking intersections, driving the wrong way, and using fake licence plates.

Advisor to the national police commissioner Pol Maj Gen Wuthi Liptapanlop who is in charge of traffic, revealed the tough action to deal with violators after a meeting with senior Bangkok and provincial police to discuss traffic problems and complaints from the public about traffic violations.

The meeting was told that violations mostly happened at intersections.

He said the crackdown Thursday will target only at 199 intersections because police did not have sufficient manpower to regulate every intersection nationwide.

Of the 199 problem intersections, 90 are in Bangkok and have generated the most complaints.

Three intersections also were targeted in 18 different provinces, including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chon Buri and Phuket.

He told the provincial and Bangkok police to crack down on traffic violators particularly arresting drivers who are caught overtaking cars in prohibited areas, stopping beyond crossing lines, blocking intersections, driving the wrong way, and using fake licence plates.

Strict enforcement of parking laws, particularly those stopping in “no parking” zones, also should be strictly enforced, Pol Gen Wuthi said.

The action aims to reduce traffic violations in order to minimise the likelihood of accidents and lower the number of road casualties, he added.

Thai PBS

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