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The Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs said the government would launch a new policy aimed at encouraging people in Bangkok to rely on public transportation, in an effort to solve daily traffic congestion.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan revealed that a three-stage approach has been developed to relieve Bangkok traffic. In the short term, traffic regulations will be enforced rigorously and indiscriminately over a period of one month.
Regarding the previously publicized seven-day relief measure, Gen Prawit claimed it was not his intention to put pressure on those responsible for traffic management, adding that they have been performing their duties every day.
He also said there was no need to resort to Section 44 of the 2014 Interim Constitution to deal with traffic problems. To solve the traffic crisis in the medium term, the government will promote the use of public transportation. In the long term, sky train and bus services will be improved to attract more Bangkok commuters.
Meanwhile, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Migitation launched a road safety campaigned for primary school students at the Demonstration School of Suan Sunundha Rajabhat University to instill a sense of road courtesy and discipline in young children.
Department Director-General Kobchai Boon-orana said children had the opportunity to learn about traffic regulations, traffic signs and the importance of wearing helmets.