Daily Archives: April 13, 2017

Military enforces tough traffic law, seizes over 500 motor vehicles in first day

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) says over 30,000 traffic offenders will face court trials, and more than 500 motor vehicles seized after authorities began to enforce traffic law strictly to curb road accidents during the week long Songkran festival.

NCPO deputy spokesperson Col Sirichan Ngathong said on the first day of the tightened enforcement of traffic law yesterday under a slogan drunk driving to face car seizure campaign, authorities found 32,782 violations involving motorcycles.

She said 535 motor vehicles were seized, and driving licences of 433 drivers were confiscated.

Authorities will send 30,071 offenders to trial.

She went on saying that for public transportation offences, authorities found 27,3370 violations by drivers of passenger buses and personal cars.

Driving licences of 1,498 drivers were confiscated, and 102 cars were impounded while 25,549 drivers will be charged in court, she said.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Songkran road accidents claim 82 lives and 1,049 injuries in two days

As Songkran holidaymakers continued to travel out of the capital to celebrate the week-long Thai New Year holiday by motor vehicles on roads today, the Road Safety Centre said a total of 82 people have died and 1,049 injured in the first two days of the 7-dangerous day campaign that began from April 11 to 17.

The centre said that only yesterday, April 12, 48 were killed and 630 injured in 586 road accidents nationwide.

Major cause of road accidents remain to be drunk driving or 42.32%, followed by speeding 30.38%.

Motorcycle continues to be the vehicle that engaged in most road accidents or 84.16%.

Most accidents occurred on straight sections of highways or 66.38%, while 36.18% on secondary roads in districts and villages.

It said most accidents or 31% happened during 16.01-20.00 pm, and most deaths are people in the ages of 50 and over.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)