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The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has urged relevant units to focus more on concrete road accident prevention measures than just reporting the figures.
The Government Spokesman, Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, said Gen. Prayut has expressed his concerned for the general public during the Songkran holidays after receiving a report about the high traffic volume on some main highways, particularly in the northern and northeastern regions, during the Songkran holiday.
He said the Prime Minister has instructed military personnel, policemen, and government officials to implement plans to ensure public safety and facilitate travelers, rather than just reporting on accident statistics.
He called on road users and the general public to refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol, wear safety helmets, drive under the speed limit, fasten seatbelts, and strictly obey traffic regulations and cooperate with officials.
Government agencies have set up some 2,000 checkpoints and service points across Thailand, and enforced a regulation limiting the speed of passenger vans to be no more than 90 kilometers per hour, limiting the working hours of drivers, tracking public vehicles using GPS, ensuring all public vehicles in service are in good conditions, and asking for transport operators not to operate double-decker buses.
The Prime Minister has also ordered officials to strictly patrol bus stations, railway stations, airports, and ports to prevent thieves and unreasonable raising of ticket prices, as well as providing assistance to travelers.