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PM vows no mercy for rogue drivers over Songkran’s 7 dangerous days

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has vowed legal action will be taken against rogue motorists and their companions after the cabinet approved new measures to curb deadly road accidents during the Songkran festival in the middle of April.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 28 March 2019, 12:48PM


Motorists in Bangkok. Photo: Bangkok Post

Motorists in Bangkok. Photo: Bangkok Post

The measures, proposed by the Interior Ministry, are a mix of road safety campaigns and advertisements and “strictly dealing” with drivers who break the law, Col Taksada Sangkachan, an assistant spokesman for the PM’s Office, said after the cabinet meeting.

The latter approach will be carried out between April 11 and 17.

The government has all the necessary laws to cut the number of accidents, but “losses continue every year”, Gen Prayut said, stressing that authorities will be more strict in enforcing existing laws to tackle risky behaviour.

The problem may not lie in the content of the laws but how they are enforced.

We issue warnings on drunk and impetuous drivers,” he said.

Even those who accompany them may be considered [wrong] due to their failure to stop drivers” from being careless, he added.

So far the government has been trying to keep the number of casualties low, but the results have been disappointing, especially during national holidays.

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Despite its “Seven Dangerous Days” campaign over Songkran, the death toll rose 7% to 418 last year, with 86 deaths on April 13, which marked the Thai New Year.

According to Col Taksada, the Interior Ministry will use seven measures to deal with road accidents this year. These include efforts to minimise risk on public transport services.

One measure mandates a quick emergency response for accidents.

Others include plans to make roads safer for tourists and people travelling by boat, as well as streamlining officials’ work and management.

 

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Kurt | 29 March 2019 - 09:45:31

.."So far the Government has been trying to keep the number of casulties low, etc, etc",  Really? what did/tried the Government to sett that goal, beside just talks and 'plans'? Without correct/proper law enforcement by RTP ( that is a government body!), results will remain disappointing. Don't degradate yourself with big strong words you can not make come true.

Foot | 28 March 2019 - 15:59:28

Really?
"...The government has all the necessary laws to cut the number of accidents, but “losses continue every year”, Gen Prayut said, stressing that authorities will be more strict in enforcing laws to tackle risky behaviour.

The problem may not lie in the content of the laws but how they are enforced..."

Gee, you think?
How about having the police and army actually do som...

Kurt | 28 March 2019 - 14:54:06

What is the meaning of the statement: "Streamlining Officials' work and management' ??? What does that mean in Thailand?
There is no enforcement, so what to 'streamline'?  What management? Of what?

Kurt | 28 March 2019 - 14:48:01

The Photo shows it all, Motorists without helmet.
Yeah, keep dreaming with issue warnings to no helmet, drunk, impetuous drivers.  Or:..give them a fine, and with fine ticket they are free as a bird at any check point the next few days ( freedom pass) The longer the statements of Government Officials, the lesser they do to executive/ enforce. No one knows better than the Thai. They laugh.

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