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Stop road repairs at New Year – latest brainwave as 16 million prepare for potential carnage

Meet the brains behind this year’s proposals to stop the annual carnage on the Thai roads.

They are officials from the Communications Ministry led by chief Arkhom Termpithayaphaisit.

They have been talking up their 7-7-7 plan to promote safety and help the public.

The numbers relate to the before, during and after periods of seven days starting December 21st and ending January 10th.

As usual the devil is in the details and Daily News reported a series of measures.

Firstly Arkhom has targeted 61 roads nationwide to concentrate his efforts.

These have been chosen based on having the most carnage last year, the greatest death and destruction in the last 1-3 years or just from the fact that lots of tourists use them.

The Japanese communications ministry is helping out on 12 of these routes though exactly what they will do was not clear.

Arkhom has also ordered all building and repair work at 200 points nationwide to stop from the 28th of December to the 3rd of January. It is hoped that more space will be freed up to help with traffic flow.

PTT gas stations are also on board helping with space at their facilities to make the scheme a success.

The ministry expects 16 million people to be on the move with many going home up country for the holidays. There will be 141,000 bus journeys and 5,205 trains.

Thaivisa notes that unusually in such stories, no one mentioned targets for limiting the death or injury from road accidents.

Thai VisaDaily News

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