BIB seize 5,000+ Vehicles Over Songkran, Fatalities Down 16%



Police enforcement backed up by military presence at thousands of drunk driving checkpoints results in thousands of arrests and the seizure of over 5,000 vehicles.

A reported 16% reduction in fatalities was determined by reports I have yet to acquire but I do know that with the military in control of the country, the BIB have less wiggle room to just sit back and party while everyone crashes it up nearly unchecked on roads that are more like death traps to the innocent or uninitiated.

Udon Thani this year seemed calmer as well, with the exception of Adulyadet Road, etc.  By Sunday the holiday had ended and the water play had ceased.

Strict law enforcement to keep drink drivers off the streets during the Songkran festival led to the seizure of 5,212 vehicles in four days, the National Council for Peace and Order says.

The numbers are “just a start” as the NCPO, which intends to reduce high road tolls during long holidays, vowed Sunday it will further tighten legal measures against traffic law violators.

It will consider reinstating the controversial ban on passengers traveling in the tray of pickups.

Despite heavy criticism of the ban that led to the government rolling back its planned enforcement during the long holiday last week, authorities still have in place a requirement for belting up and curbing…

Source: Bangkok Post



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