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PM Prayut says less compiling statistics, more action on the roads

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The woeful road toll hasn’t gone unnoticed at Government House. The PM is instructing authorities to stringently monitor the safety of Songkran travellers and asking them to keep promoting safe driving.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has voiced his concern for citizens traveling during the Songkran holiday, especially those traveling to the north and northeast.

He has instructed soldiers, police and administrative officials to carefully plan safety measures for the public, remarking that the public relations effort should emphasise ways to reduce road accidents rather than compiling accident or fatality statistics.

The PM pointed out the government has worked to establish over 2,000 checkpoints across the country to promote road safety and is urging public cooperation in driving under 90 kilometers per hour, limiting the duration of driving times, adhering to GPS tracks and maintaining vehicle integrity. The state is also working with double decker buses to ensure their safe operation.

On safety at congested terminals such as bus depots, train stations, piers and airports, the PM said he is calling for a strict watch on criminals taking advantage of the crowds on the move, as well as on ticket prices which must be maintained at a fair rate. Authorities have been dispatched to provide needed information, aid lost children and make the overall travel experience a positive one.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand

 

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