Prayut vows to over­come traf­fic ac­ci­dent scourge


Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-o-cha yes­ter­day vowed to suc­ceed in curb­ing the car­nage on the roads, say­ing more strin­gent mea­sures would be in­tro­duced.

He was speak­ing af­ter the num­ber of ac­ci­dents dur­ing this year’s Songkran pe­riod sur­passed fig­ures recorded last year.

“We have to con­tinue tack­ling the prob­lem of road ac­ci­dents that cause loss [of lives] and in­juries. The main cause of ac­ci­dents was le­gal vi­o­la­tions as most deaths and in­juries still in­volved mo­tor­cy­clists not wear­ing hel­mets and drink driv­ing. I have or­dered stricter en­force­ment of the law,” he said.

Most ac­ci­dents took place on sec­ondary roads de­spite more than 2,000 check­points be­ing set up with over 60,000 po­lice of­fi­cers check­ing more than 1 mil­lion ve­hi­cles, he added.

He thanked the po­lice and called for co­op­er­a­tion from the pub­lic.

Mean­while, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Anupong Pao­jinda said he would pro­pose greater ef­forts in rais­ing aware­ness as an ad­di­tional mea­sure, in­sist­ing that traf­fic laws were strictly en­forced.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Prawit Wong­su­won, in charge of traf­fic and ac­ci­dent prob­lems, said he would work harder to en­sure mo­tor­cy­clists wore hel­mets.

Deaths and in­juries from road ac­ci­dents on Mon­day, Day 6 of the Songkran fes­ti­val’s “Seven Dan­ger­ous Days” cov­er­ing April 11-17, 2018, showed higher num­bers than last year.

There were 425 ac­ci­dents with 49 deaths and 464 peo­ple in­jured, com­pared with 402, 44 and 425 from last year re­spec­tively, ac­cord­ing to the Road Safety Di­rect­ing Cen­tre.

Ac­cu­mu­lated fig­ures were still higher with 3,418 ac­ci­dents, 378 deaths and 3,575 in­juries.

Like­wise, the main causes of ac­ci­dents on Mon­day were drink driv­ing (27.29%) and speed­ing (28.47), ac­cord­ing to the cen­tre. Mean­while, abrupt cut­ting in was also an­other main cause (22.12%).

Be­sides heavy traf­fic as Songkran rev­ellers trav­elled back to the cap­i­tal fol­low­ing the hol­i­days, com­mu­tors yes­ter­day also had to face bad weather as a re­sult of a trop­i­cal storm that af­fected many prov­inces.

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