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02 January 2010 :: 18:01:42 pm 3832

New Year Revelers Start Returning to Bangkok

Hundreds of thousands of New Year revelers who had returned to their hometowns upcountry to celebrate with their families have started fowing back to the Thai capital to start work next Monday.
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Bangkok, the 2nd of January 2010 [TNA]: The celebrants, mostly from the north and northeast provinces, were seen arriving at Morchit bus station in Bangkok on Saturday, forcing bus station officials to request taxi and motorcycle taxi drivers to pick up passengers from the station.

Revelers are returning to Bangkok through Sunday as they are expected to return to work on Monday the the four-day New Year holidays.

Many passengers arriving at the bus station carrying bags of rice and dried food indicating concern about economic uncertainty in the country.

Wuthichart Kalayanamitr, chief managing director of the state-owned Transport Co, said there are enough buses at bus stations upcountry to cater to some 300,000 passengers planning to return to Bangkok. (TNA)


70 die in road accidents on 4th of ‘seven high risk travel days’

BANGKOK, Jan 2 (TNA) — Seventy persons were killed and 737 others were injured in 686 road accidents throughout Thailand on New Year’s Day, the fourth day of the ‘seven high risk travel days’, a senior government official said Saturday.

Uthairat Chaiprasert, assistant to the justice minister, told a press conference that about half the accidents involved drunken driving, followed by speeding at 21 per cent, with most incidents taking place between 4pm and 8pm.

Cumulative casualties from highway accidents since the government’s safe driving campaign began Tuesday now stands at 238 killed, 2,725 injured in 2,510 accidents nationwide.

This year’s campaign target lowering casualties by 5 per cent from last year, when the comparable figure was 367 people dead and 4,107 injured.

Director-General Anucha Mokaves of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said police and officials manning checkpoints were instructed to take legal action against speeding or drunken drivers and those wearing helmets while driving motorcycles. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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