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12 April 2011 :: 11:04:44 am 52773

Interior ministry targets 10% road accident reduction during Songkran

BANGKOK, April 11- Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul on Monday opened Thailand's Road Safety Centre with the aim to prevent and reduce road accidents during this year's Songkran Festival by ten per cent.
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In his capacity as the director of the Road Safety Centre, Mr Chavarat said road accident statistics last year have been analysed to adjust measures to reduce the number of road accidents, casualties, and fatalities by ten per cent during the long Songkran Festival holidays this year.

In 2010, daily road accidents averaged 559 daily with 616 persons injured and 52 killed in the average daily tally.

He said the statistics of the road accidents, fatalities and casualties will be announced every day from April 12-17 to warn motorists to be aware of losses and raise consciousness regarding road safety.

Official records showed that most accidents occurred on secondary roads in the community. The interior ministry is cooperating with local officials to erect checkpoints, designate special zones for water splashing and to implement alcohol-related law by restricting zones for selling alcohol.

This year, a special committee to follow up the result of the road safety campaign has been set up, the minister said.

Report by : MCOT online news

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