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Motorists who broke speed limits while driving along the Friendship Highway passing Khon Kaen province during the New Year festival are told to get ready for traffic tickets to be sent to their homes within a few weeks.
Speeding cameras along the highway’s 14-kilometre stretch section in Khon Kaen have recorded more than 300 speeding motorists and the highway police are now checking licence numbers and owners’ names before mailing to them soon.
Highway police inspector Pol Capt Pornchai Sangsila of the 4th subdivision of the Highway Police Division said speeding cameras deployed on the Friendship Highway have recorded more than 300 speeding motorists, particularly on the 14-km straight stretch outside Khon Kaen municipal area where speed limit is fixed at 120 kilometres an hour.
He said highway police are now checking licence numbers of the vehicles if they match with vehicles registered and names of owners.
The process will take a few weeks and will later send traffic tickets to speeding motorists to pay fines, he said.
He said speeding cameras were deployed at accident risk locations of the highway, particularly at U-turns in Ban Phai district of Khon Kaen and at straight stretch of the highway where speed limit is 120 kilometres for outside municipal area and 100 kilometres for inside municipal area.
He said speed limit of 100 kilometres for driving in municipal area was necessary to prevent accidents and save lives as it is densely populated areas with heavy traffic.
He also said that this year people traveled on private cars more than on public transport because of cheaper oil prices, thus causing traffic jams for several kilometres long.
He said the highway police on Friendship Highway passing Khon Kaen could clear traffic jams to normal flow at 7 pm, but this year it took them until 2 am to clear traffic jams.