Assistant Police Commander is satisfied that accidents during Songkran have decreased.

Bangkok, Assistant Police Commander is satisfied that accidents during Songkran have decreased. Emphasize that there is no concealment of statistics. It is expected that today up to 600,000 cars will return to the capital. Special lanes will be opene…


Bangkok, Assistant Police Commander is satisfied that accidents during Songkran have decreased. Emphasize that there is no concealment of statistics. It is expected that today up to 600,000 cars will return to the capital. Special lanes will be opened to accommodate this.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Pakphumphiphat Sajjapan, Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Chaired the meeting of the Traffic Administration and Accident Reduction Center during the 2024 festival season together with commanders in areas throughout the country. From April 11 – 15, it was found that accident statistics accumulated for 5 days found 1,564 accidents, 206 people died and 1,593 people were injured. The Royal Thai Police has enforced the law on 10 main charges. It is an important variable that leads to efficient accidents.

As for the overall picture, when compared to last year, it was found that every topic decreased. And now the peak of accidents has passed. During April 16-17, police will direct traffic to allow people to return. F
or accident statistics, analysis is based on various factors. It was found that the number 1 leading cause of accidents is speeding, the number 2 is drinking and driving, and the number 3 is driving too close in front of the car. Most accidents occurred on local secondary roads at 60 percent, while along highways, 38 percent occurred. As for the overall picture of law enforcement to control risk factors. There were 209,000 arrests of violators, more than 176,000 warnings for first-time offenders, and more than 385,000 law enforcement actions.

Assistant Police Commissioner reiterated that the Royal Thai Police Report facts and statistics in a straightforward, fact-based manner. To lead to the determination of future prevention measures. If the numbers are dodged, they contradict the facts and do not prevent or solve the problem. I admit that from listening to the statistics report, I am satisfied with the reduction of accidents and traffic. Thank you to the people who travel and have responsibility for themse
lves and society in observing and respecting the law. The statistics are not much different from last year and the trend is under control. And thank you to all police officers who performed their duties in enforcing the law effectively. and measures have been prepared to support both the main measures and supplementary measures in each period which are very well done. As for drunk driving, which is number 1, it is seen as a matter of personal responsibility, a matter of one’s own conscience. Because if you don’t drink and drive, it’s over. The cause was not caused by the police. Police have set up checkpoints to prevent serious accidents.

For measures to support travel back to Bangkok After the festival it is similar to the outbound period. It was found that people started returning since yesterday (April 15) with over 500,000 cars, which are starting to get crowded. in the afternoon and normally at 9:00 p.m. As for today (April 16), it is expected that there will be a maximum return of more than 600,000 veh
icles, with the volume of vehicles starting to become congested on both the northern and northeastern routes. There is preparation to open a special route on the main bypass route. On Mittraphap and Phahon Yothin Roads It is believed that traffic will continue to be congested until tomorrow morning.

Assistant Police Commander said that in general the Songkran festival was organized smoothly. There were minor incidents that occurred sporadically, such as quarrels and quarrels. Or there may be a serious incident that occurred but the police investigated and arrested and issued an arrest warrant. In terms of the police, this is considered a normal thing that happens during the festival and admits that some areas where Songkran activities are being held must already have an impact. As for the Royal Thai Police, its mission is to go in and resolve situations, such as traffic jams, then go down and manage traffic. But we are not responsible for having an impact. Just go in and solve things with various measures on
ly. As for taking care of foreigners, Whether foreigners or Thais are tourists, the police take equal care of them. As for the criminals who secretly come in, there aren’t any. Haven’t received a report from the Immigration Bureau yet.

Source: Thai News Agency