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Thailand ramps up drink-driving campaign for new year break

Jack Burton

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Government, police and local agencies are launching their annual no-drink-driving campaign to raise driver awareness and, hopefully, reduce fatalities during the New Year holiday, designated for December 27 to January 2.

Speaking in support of the campaign, Deputy national police chief Wirachai Songmetta announced 10 points of advice to drivers and bike riders in an effort to reduce road accidents in what is traditionally Thailand’s most dangerous season. These will be rolled out in a national campaign to remind drivers and reinforce the messages.

His recommendations are not to speed, not to drive in the wrong lane, to obey traffic lights, to use a safety belt, to always carry a driver’s license, not to pass other vehicles in dangerous spots, never to drive after drinking, to take extra care and always wear a helmet when on a motorbike, and never use a mobile phone while driving.

Last year 3,791 road accidents were reported during the new year holiday, with 463 fatalities and 3,892 injuries. Drink driving and speeding were cited as the main causes with 75% of the fatalities occurring on motorbikes.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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