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Several provinces have been implementing strict safety measures, with a focus on preventing road accidents and drunk driving.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Fourth Army soldiers and police officers were deployed to checkpoints along highway routes between Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani province. Aside from screening for drunk drivers and contraband, the checkpoints also provided bathrooms, rest stops, and drinking water for road-weary travelers.
In Trat province, several tourists made their way to the islands of Ko Kut and Ko Mak. The islands have set up road and maritime safety centers. Officials have been deployed to harbors and piers to accommodate the increase in arrivals. The Trat provincial administration has ordered the strict enforcement of safety regulations for ferries and other passenger boats. All passengers must wear life vests for the duration of their trips at sea.
Meanwhile in the North, the Governor of Chiang Rai province joined police brass and military leaders on an inspection of checkpoints throughout the capital district, as well as the districts of Mae Chan and Mae Sai. The checkpoints must be manned 24 hours a day to provide a rapid response to any emergencies or accidents that may occur. Officials will also be screening for contraband, including illegal drugs.
In Sakon Nakhon province, police officers have been setting up checkpoints to ensure that traffic laws are strictly enforced. However, the checkpoints have also been handing out mangoes to passing motorists, a measure that has been warmly received by local travellers.