Thailand’s Transport Ministry Aims to Reduce Death Toll By 7 Percent Over Songkrans “Seven Dangerous Days”

From April 11-17 Authorities will be increasing the number of checkpoints throughout the country – Nation Photo

BANGKOK – Thailand’s Transport Ministry aims to reduce the number of road-related accidents and deaths by 7% during the annual “Seven Dangerous Days” of Songkran in April, Transport Ministry inspector Sarawut Songsivilai said.

He made the comments after meeting with transport authorities to settle safety precautions and accommodation issues for next month’s water-fueled festivities.

“From April 11-17 we will be increasing the number of checkpoints throughout the country, especially for public transport,” Mr Sarawut said. “This Songkran we have highlighted 77 routes as accident-prone areas.”

Among them, 47 will fall under the supervision of the Department of Highways (DOH) while the remaining 30 will be monitored by the Department of Rural Roads.

According to Transport Ministry reports, they comprise 11 roads in the northern region, 18 in…

Original published: 2018-03-13 20:55:12 Read the full Bangkok News here

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